September 30, 2015
NEW — 5:26 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015
City Council Position 4 Race heats up
Tim Flood admits his opponent is better known and has been able to grab some high-profile endorsements in the race for the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat.
But in the August primary, Flood noted, Ramos was not able to earn 50 percent of the vote.
Besides noting his experience on three city commissions, Ramos also talks about his work as a private transportation consultant. Flood hardly seems intimidated, putting out his own original traffic plan, “Address the Mess.” Read more
April 28, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee told state legislative leaders he intends to call them into a special session April 29.
The idea is to complete what Inslee’s office called “major work” left undone when the regular session ended April 24. Inslee was to have budget negotiators in his office April 27 to give them a head start prior to the opening of the special session.
March 10, 2015
The state Senate, after two years of frustrated effort, has passed a $15 billion transportation package. Its 11 measures — a mix of reforms and revenue — are key to relieving traffic congestion with investments in transit and roads, and maintaining the state’s existing highways and bridges.
A bipartisan group of senators exercised some imagination to negotiate and shepherd the compromise, which includes an 11.7-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax, through their chamber. The deal could create an estimated 200,000 jobs over the next 16 years.
March 10, 2015
A transportation package passed by the state Senate would allocate $15.1 billion for road projects statewide, including three major projects directly affecting Issaquah and Sammamish.
The area could see roadwork totaling $126 million on portions of Interstate 90. The package passed the Senate on Feb. 27, but still must clear the state House of Representatives.
May 13, 2014
Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session.
He presented a post-session update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session.
“My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.”