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Category Archives: Public Planning

2019-2021 transportation budget approved by Washington State House with five nays

Excerpt: The chamber voted overwhelmingly to adopt a transportation budget for 2019-2021 (ESHB 1160) developed by the House Transportation Committee, chaired by Jake Fey.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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On fifth anniversary of Oso slide, NPI calls on Legislature to fund geologic hazards research

Excerpt: NPI is calling on Washington's lawmakers to appropriate funding so geologic hazards like slides can be researched by our Department of Natural Resources.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mammoth public lands bill gets resounding vote of support on final passage in U.S. House

Excerpt: A bill that will expand our national parks system and permanently reauthorize the Land & Water Conservation Fund has cleared Congress.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit says House Bill 2123 (vehicle fees) would blow a big financial hole in ST3

Excerpt: NPI is urging a group of Washington State House Democrats to abandon legislation that would reduce revenue for Sound Transit projects in an Eyman-like fashion.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Where should Sound Transit put Link’s South Maintenance Base? There’s an obvious answer

Excerpt: With a sixty acre former landfill site available, there's no need to tear down homes, businesses, and churches for the agency's new train yard.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee + Premier Horgan push back against Tim Eyman, call for high speed rail

Excerpt: The leaders of Washington State and British Columbia say we should build on the success of Amtrak Cascades, not destroy it, as Tim Eyman wants to do.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State Senate sends bill to perfect De-Escalate Washington’s I-940 to Governor Jay Inslee

Excerpt: A bill that polishes De-Escalate Washington's successful Initiative 940 has cleared the Legislature unanimously, without a single dissenting vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House unanimously passes legislation to adopt new I-940 compromise

Excerpt: And they're off! The Washington State House of Representatives has passed its first consequential bill of the 2019 session, concerning law enforcement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit: Tim Eyman’s I-976 would wipe out nearly $7 billion in revenue through 2041

Excerpt: "If enacted, the initiative would divert a significant amount of tax revenues away from implementing voter-approved transit projects.," the agency says.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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King County residents want more transit, but there would be less under Tim Eyman’s I-976

Excerpt: I-976 is a recipe for horrific highway gridlock, derelict roads, and stranded travelers. Think traffic is bad now? I-976 would make it much worse.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Safety First! New WSDOT video explains how SR 99 tunnel is designed to withstand quakes

Excerpt: In the event of a large earthquake, the new SR 99 tunnel will be by far the safest place to be, according to seismic experts. Learn why.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Magnitude 7.0 earthquake shakes Anchorage, Alaska, causing widespread damage

Excerpt: A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the City of Anchorage, its suburbs, and points beyond this morning, causing widespread damage in Alaska's largest city. 
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A great day for Sound Transit: Hilltop Link breaks ground; Lynnwood Link gets funded

Excerpt: Puget Sound's Regional Transportation Authority has secured two big wins heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from New Orleans: America’s housing crisis is an issue for everyone, everywhere

Excerpt: The federal government has failed to address this growing crisis in our country, and that really needs to change in order to adequately address the problem. This is an issue where progressives can and should be leading.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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