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Category Archives: Public Planning

VICTORY! U.S. House passes Suzan DelBene’s National Landslide Preparedness Act

Excerpt: The bill would advance our understanding of the geology behind landslides and make funds available for emergency preparedness programs pertaining to landslides.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Frontier Communications to leave Cascadia; PNW assets sold to WaveDivision Capital

Excerpt: Nine years after taking on debt to buy Verizon's assets in the Pacific Northwest, Frontier Communications is offloading those same assets in a $1.35 billion sale to Kirkland-based WaveDivision Capital, which must be approved by regulators.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit, partner agencies should retain express bus routes after Link extensions open

Excerpt: Should express bus that parallel forthcoming light rail lines be scrapped when Sound Transit's Link expands? NPI says no.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Democratic leaders celebrate adoption of Oregon’s groundbreaking rent control law

Excerpt: Oregon has become the first state in the country to adopt rent control legislation at the state level.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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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.
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