[nfbwatlk] Fwd: Constituent: State Budget for Public Transit Funding
goldbeckjm at comcast.net
goldbeckjm at comcast.net
Wed Jan 18 19:28:42 UTC 2012
Here is the prompt response I received from Rep. Wylie regarding the state transportation budget.
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From: "Rep. Sharon Wylie" <Sharon.Wylie at leg.wa.gov>
To: "goldbeckjm at comcast.net" <goldbeckjm at comcast.net>
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 1:39:08 PM
Subject: RE: Constituent: State Budget for Public Transit Funding
As a former transit lobbyist I also agree that additional funding for public transportation and a better balance in our approach to transportation funding is important. I will be advocating for that approach. You probably know that I am a strong proponent for preserving the light rail component to our I-5 bridge.
49th Legislative District - Vancouver
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Sharon.Wylie at leg.wa.gov
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From: goldbeckjm at comcast.net [mailto:goldbeckjm at comcast.net]
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2012 7:45 PM
To: Wylie, Rep. Sharon
Subject: Constituent: State Budget for Public Transit Funding
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TO: Representative Sharon Wylie
FROM: Miss Julie Goldbeck(Constituent)
1806 NE 112th St Apt 3
Vancouver, WA 98686-4017
E-MAIL: goldbeckjm at comcast.net
PHONE: (360) 573 - 1194
SUBJECT: State Budget for Public Transit Funding
January 14, 2012
Dear Rep. Wylie:
This past Tuesday, Gov. Gregoire proposed a $3.6 billion transportation package that dedicates 72% to roads and 4% to transit. Amazingly, this is a step forward from the past but well short of being balanced. The legislature is now set to consider this proposal.
>From 2001 to 2009, the number of trips that Americans age 50+ took on public transportation went up 81%.(Source AARP Magazine)
I am legally blind and depend on public transit to get to work, medical appointments, the grocery store, etc. so funding for public transit is very important to me. As the baby boomer generation ages they will need a quality public transit system they can depend on to remain independent.
The current transportation budget is unfairly balanced. I ask that you send this proposal back to the governor and ask her to dedicate more than 4% to transit. An investment in transit is an investment in our community and our disabled and elderly citizens.
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