Friday, March 18, 2011

Next Week in Olympia- Week 11

The new revenue forecast is in. The budget problem for next biennium went from $4.6 billion to $5.2 billion. The Transportation budget is down another $25.1 million, since the November forecast. The forecast of Washington retail gasoline prices has gone up since November, and forecasts for wholesale diesel prices have skyrocketed. This will require higher fuel budgets for ferries, patrol and WSDOT, then previously considered.

The House Transportation budget will be released on Monday, with a hearing to quickly follow at 3:30 pm. Will the regional mobility grant program funding levels be restored? Will non-motorized funding be slashed? All your questions will be answered next week.

Also, next week on Monday, there is a Senate hearing on Rep. Fitzgibbon’s bill on transportation project planning. This is a TCC priority bill because it will allow cities to employ up to date planning and design manuals for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

The House and Senate Transportation committees have meetings scheduled Mon-Thurs. After Monday’s agenda, the agendas are left open for public hearings and executive sessions, but no bills have been specifically put on an agenda. Stay tuned.

Monday, March 21, 2011

3:30 pm House Transportation
House Hearing Rm B

Public Hearing: HB 1175 - Making 2011-13 transportation appropriations.

Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

3:30 pm Senate Transportation
Senate Hearing Rm 1

Public Hearing:
SHB 1700 - Modifying the requirements related to designing various transportation projects.
SHB 1897 - Establishing a rural mobility grant program.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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