PETITION TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE AT CHAMBER OFFICE

STATE BUDGET CUTS THREATEN OUR FERRY SYSTEM

 

It is time for the Executive and the Legislative Branches to face this issue head-on and develop an effective, reliable ferry system to continue to meet the needs of its customers and Washington State.  To this end, we the undersigned petition the Governor and the Legislature to act during the 2011 Legislative Session to:

Dispense with further cuts in service and take action to refurbish the system so it can efficiently meet the needs of its customers;

  • Provide a permanent source of equitable statewide funding for building vessels;
  • Start building the 144 as soon as possible in 2012 to provide a replacement or backup boat of adequate power and capacity to our aging fleet;
  • Develop a sustainable, long term budget for WSF that caps fares at reasonable rates for ferry customers and which considers the economic and social impacts.

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