Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It has been a busy week. We are now past the fiscal committee cutoff date. That means bills that cost money must be passed out of their respective committee or they are considered “dead” for the legislative session. Bills necessary to implement the state budget are the exception to this rule. For the next few weeks, we will be seeing a lot of floor action as we vote on bills and send them over to the Senate for further consideration.
Finding the right path forward | Transportation Solutions Survey
As the Vancouver economy and population continues to grow, so are traffic volumes. Clearly, there is a need for transportation solutions for our region. Local congestion woes need to be fixed, and soon. This needs to happen, not only for commuters, but for local and regional businesses that depend on these highways to move freight.
Recently, I co-hosted a town hall meeting to discuss some of the potential ideas to fix our region's ever-growing traffic problems. Well over 150 community members were in attendance. Presentations were given by bridge and tunnel transportation experts on some of the key ideas to reduce traffic volume. Community input was encouraged, and I was able to hear directly from citizens about each proposal. One thing is very clear: any future transportation projects for our communities must be workable and affordable.
It is important I hear what your preferences are for a solution. Please take a few moments to complete a short transportation survey.
Upcoming telephone town hall
I will co-host a telephone town hall meeting with Sen. Lynda Wilson and Rep. Paul Harris, Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. The community conversation, which is similar to a call-in radio format, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last an hour. We will answer your questions and provide information on the 2017 legislative session. To participate, community members can call (360) 209-6592. Once connected, callers can listen-in and press * (star) on their telephone keypad to ask questions.
As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments and concerns. If you have an idea for how state government can work better, please contact me. My door is always open. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call my office at (360) 786-7994.