Earlier today Governor Inslee vetoed sections connecting two key pieces of climate legislation to the passage of a transportation package. The legislature failed to pass a transportation package before they concluded their session earlier this month, and the contingency of today’s legislation was part of what would have moved such a package forward. Transportation Choices Coalition executive director Alex Hudson issued the following statement in response:
“Given Washington’s clear and pressing need for comprehensive transportation revenue, I’m surprised Governor Inslee would remove a deadline for action. Transportation Choices Coalition came into session with passage of a transportation package as our top priority and we will continue to push for one regardless of this veto.
This veto does nothing to change Washington’s urgent need for multimodal transportation investments and infrastructure maintenance to keep goods and people moving. Washingtonians still need accessible transportation options that are safe and reliable. Today’s veto doesn’t change the opportunity and obligation in front of decision-makers to meaningfully address the transportation needs and invest in the future of transportation.
Washingtonians want transportation investments, and TCC is committed to finding a path forward to pass a comprehensive transportation package that achieves greater mobility and access while addressing the safety and maintenance needs of our state as quickly as possible.”
Transportation Choices Coalition is a policy and advocacy nonprofit dedicated to making transportation accessible to all in Washington State. We champion policies that support more transit, bike, and pedestrian improvements at the state, regional, and local levels. Learn more at transportationchoices.org.