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Senate Transportation Public Hearing Coming to CBC Sept. 26

Senate committee will hold hearing at CBC
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Your chance to sound off about how your tax dollars are spent on road projects is coming!

The Senate Transportation Committee will be holding a public hearing at Columbia Basin College Sept. 26 from 6-9 p.m.

There have already been a couple of hearings, including one in Bellevue attended by a hundreds of people. Out of the standing-room-only crowd about 74 people testified and gave comments on how money should be spent and what projects should be a priority.

The state has also been taking public comments via a special website set up where you can voice your opinion.

The comments gathered at the Bellevue hearing were obviously different than what can be expected on the east side of the state. West-siders at the recent hearing strongly supported King County Metro bus services and pushed legislators to allow the county to levy its own fees to keep bus service at current levels.

The gas tax package shot down in the legislature would have kept the bus service at current levels. People who spoke at the meeting also pushed for the transportation package Gov. Inslee has advocated because it would contain ways to alleviate severe congestion on I-405 — considered one of the worst in the nation.

However,  legislators are likely to hear different comments on the east side where a number of legislators shot down the massive gas tax proposed by Inslee and the Democratic House.

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