Elections have consequences.
If you’ve been in politics for any length of time, then you’ve probably heard this saying. And it’s true: elections do have consequences. Consequences that directly affect our well being and our quality of life.
To find out what the results this year’s election could mean for the future of transportation in Washington State, the team at the Northwest Progressive Institute cordially invites supporters and readers of the Cascadia Advocate to our first-ever Postelection Brunch on Sunday, November 17th in Kent.
At this event, NPI’s leadership team will talk about the work we did to defeat Tim Eyman’s very destructive I‑976 during 2018 and 2019 and facilitate a panel discussion with legislative leaders that will react to the election results and look at next steps for expanding freedom of mobility in Washington State.
Regardless of what happens with I‑976, our state faces serious challenges with respect to transportation, chiefly related to our infrastructure deficit.
- The bridge that carries I‑5 across the Columbia River is extremely old and doesn’t support modes other than auto travel.
- The trestle that allows traffic to move between the western and eastern parts of Snohomish County over U.S. 2 is similarly in need of replacement.
- Our ferry system has no spare boats, which puts a lot of stress on ferry dependent communities when a ferry goes out of service for maintenance.
To dissect these problems and react to the I‑976 results, we’ve assembled a stellar panel of legislative leaders who specialize in transportation policy.
Our panelists will include:
- State Representative Jake Fey, the Chair of the House Transportation Committee, who represents the 29th District;
- State Senator Rebecca Saldana, the Vice Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, who represents the 37th District;
- State Representative Mike Pellicciotti, a candidate for State Treasurer who represents the 30th District;
- State Senator Marko Liias, the Senate Majority Floor Leader and a member of the Senate Transportation Committee who represents the 21st District;
- State Representative Vandana Slatter, the Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee, who represents the 48th District.
Brunch will begin at 10 AM; our program will begin at 10:30 AM, and our panel discussion will run from 11 AM until noon. Tickets start at fifty dollars and can be purchased at half off the regular price by dues paying NPI members.
Proceeds will benefit NPI’s essential research and imaginative advocacy.
Our friends at IBEW Local 46, who have been supporting our work for years, have kindly agreed to host this event for us at their hall in Kent. There’s ample parking onsite and the hall is close to major highways, including I‑5 and SR 167.
We hope you can join us on November 17th for our Postelection Brunch. Win or lose on November 5th, we have much to be thankful for, and a lot to talk about.