State Rep. Judy Clibborn earns top honors from construction group

August 12, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 12, 2010

The statewide trade association for the commercial construction industry has named state Rep. Judy Clibborn as Legislator of the Year.

Clibborn, a four-term Democrat and former Mercer Island mayor, represents Talus, southwest Issaquah and Cougar Mountain communities as part of the 41st Legislative District.

Gene Colin, government affairs council chairman for Associated General Contractors, said Clibborn “gets it.”

“She understands that an efficient and adequate transportation system is good for the economy and the environment,” Colin said in a news release.

Clibborn is the chairwoman of the powerful House Transportation Committee. The trade association lauded Clibborn for helping to block legislation for added requirements to use subcontractors. The association described the measure as ill conceived and costly.

“Her contribution and support of our goals goes way beyond transportation,” Rick Slunaker, government affairs director for the group, said in the release. “Rep. Clibborn understands the importance of and has helped lead efforts to reform workers’ compensation laws and to save taxpayer dollars by opposing unworkable public contracting requirements.”

Clibborn, elected unopposed in 2008, is set to face Stephen Strader, a Bellevue Republican, or independent candidate Orion S. Webster in the Nov. 2 election. Voters will pick the top two candidates in the Tuesday primary.

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One Response to “State Rep. Judy Clibborn earns top honors from construction group”

  1. Reek Havok on August 16th, 2010 3:55 pm

    On Saturday, February 20, 2010, members of the Music Aid Northwest board attended Representative Judy Clibborn’s Town Hall Meeting, in Newcastle, Washington.

    Bob Tomberg, speaking on behalf of the board, addressed Rep. Clibborn on the subject of our Music Matters specialty license place project. Ms. Clibborn, as chair of the Transportation Committee, has blocked the bill from advancing to the House of Representatives for discussion and a possible vote in the current legislative session.

    We believe Ms. Clibborn to be misinformed in her perception that HB 2763 Music Matters will be a financial expense to our state’s over-taxed budget, and we’d like to offer some clarifying facts.

    Music Aid Northwest is proposing to cover all of the startup costs for the program including:

    The initial $35k startup costs, which Music Aid Northwest is, in fact, required to raise (a fact misstated at the Town Hall by Ms. Clibborn as a cost borne by the State).
    The additional cost of $2,161, as identified in a report from the Office of Financial Management, which is available both to Ms. Clibborn and the general public. That same report estimated revenues of over $215,000 to be donated to the schools for music programs by 2013, just three years from now.
    Regarding the current moratorium on all specialty plates in Washington State, we’d like to provide a few additional facts:

    Representative Geoff Simpson introduced a bill, HB 2762, that would have clarified lawmakers’ legislative authority to approve/disapprove of a specialty license plates through an up or down vote. Ms. Clibborn appeared to not take this into consideration as well, in spite of the fact that Mr. Simpson is on the Special License Plate Review Board and he was working in agreement with the Special License Plate Review Board chair, Senator Mary Margaret Haugen.
    Senator Haugen, considered by many as the final authority on the moratorium, guaranteed Music Matters a hearing in the Senate. Ms. Clibborn’s conclusion was based on outdated information.

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