The collapse of the Skagit River Bridge up in Mount Vernon two weeks ago provided a sobering reminder of how fragile our transportation infrastructure can be and how much we rely on a safe and effective transportation system.
Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, released this statement today regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s veto of $81.9 million in funding for the Columbia River Crossing in the Legislature’s transportation budget:
"Many people in and around my district have been asking about the governor’s veto, and I can understand why there might be questions, when CRC opponents are actively mischaracterizing his actions.
With the close of the regular legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee called for the Legislature to return May 13 for a special legislative session to complete budget negotiations and pass budgets for the coming two-year biennium.
Cleveland resolute on CRC funding 4/28/2013
Sen. Don Benton's continued efforts to stall the Columbia River Crossing are contrary to the interests of households and businesses in southwest Washington legislative districts, along the vital north-south transportation corridor and across the state Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, said today.
Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, issued this statement regarding the inclusion of funding for the Columbia River Crossing in the 2013-15 transportation budget passed today by the Senate.
“I am pleased today to join with my Senate colleagues to pass a budget that preserves the full $81.9 million in Columbia River Crossing funds to pay for the preliminary design work to move the project forward.
Sen. Annette Cleveland appeared on TVW's Inside Olympia this week to make the case for the Columbia River Crossing project to replace the antiquated lift bridge that currently connects Washington with Oregon.
Pharmacists in Washington will be able to fill prescriptions written by out-of-state physician assistants under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.
“This is common-sense legislation that will make life easier for Washington residents and visitors from out of state,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, the sponsor of Senate Bill 5524. “It removes an unnecessary barrier for folks who get sick or whose prescriptions run out.”
With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, the focus is on budgets: the operating budget, which funds the cost of running state government and providing assistance to the public; the capital budget, which funds construction of schools and other public buildings as well as state parks; and the transportation budget, which funds construction as well as maintenance and repairs to all our roads, bridges, ferries, rail systems and other forms of transportation.
A strong ally of the effort to build a new bridge over the Columbia River paid a visit to the State Legislature on Wednesday. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, released this statement today after meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood regarding the need for the Legislature to commit to Washington State's share of funding for the Columbia River Crossing to qualify for $850 million in federal aid: