Eastside business leaders outline priorities to state lawmakers

January 30, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012

Eastside business leaders focused on economic development, education, taxation and transportation in a legislative agenda for state lawmakers in Olympia.

East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition members urged legislators to foster job creation, shore up transportation funding, and adopt reforms to K-12 and higher education.

The coalition is comprised of 10 chambers from the region, including the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

“Our state is at an important crossroads and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is proud to work with the coalition to affect positive change for the Eastside business community in Olympia,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matthew Bott said in a statement.

Lawmakers face a bursting docket. Legislators must close a $1.5 budget gap. The state Supreme Court ruled legislators failed in funding basic education — a constitutional obligation. In addition, the Legislature is also considering a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington.

The collation released a 10-part legislative agenda Jan. 5 at a breakfast attended by state lawmakers.

“It was encouraging to hear from our legislators that they are working towards solutions that will balance the state budget while making smart investments in the future growth of our state,” Kathy Putt, East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition chairwoman, said in a statement.

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