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Afternoon Jolt: Next Year's Transportation Tax Package

By Afternoon Jolt August 30, 2011

Today's winner: Consensus.

Transportation for Washington, a campaign that's promoting a setĀ of principles for a state transportation package legislators in Olympia will consider next year, rolled out a long list of new endorsements from King County and statewide leaders today. The program, dubbed "T4WA," has the backing of Transportation Choices Coalition and Futurewise, two statewide environmental groups.

The principles are, in order: fixing transportation infrastructure; expanding transit choices; and building healthy communities.

T4WA endorsers in King County include four members of the King County Council (Bob Ferguson, the council's fifth Democrat, says he will likely sign on but hasn't had time to read the details of the proposal yet), state Sens. Maralyn Chase (D-33), Sharon Nelson (D-34), and Scott White (D-46), and the mayors of Shoreline, Bellingham, Spokane, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, and Redmond.

They also include the entire Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn---the first time we can remember that all nine council members and the mayor have agreed on a transportation-related issue.
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