Two-year transportation budget being developed

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February 12, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

My most recent e-newsletter focused on the 2019-21 state operating budget, which is expected to be released in separate House and Senate proposals in March.

Development of 2019-2021 transportation budget

Around the same time the House unveils its operating budget plan, the House Transportation Committee chair, Rep. Jake Fey, will share his two-year transportation budget. Soon after that, Sen. Steve Hobbs, the Senate Transportation Committee chair, will reveal his budget plan. Once both budgets advance through their respective committees, they will be debated and approved in their respective chambers – the House and Senate. Afterward, House and Senate transportation leaders will meet to work out differences and agree on a compromise budget. Once an agreement is reached, assuming things go smoothly, both chambers will vote on the compromise budget. It then advances to Gov. Jay Inslee for final consideration. The legislative session is scheduled to end April 28.  

What the transportation budget funds

The transportation budget funds several state agencies and commissions that serve our transportation system, including the Washington State Patrol, Department of Licensing, Department of Transportation, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, County Road Administration Board, Transportation Improvement Board, state Transportation Commission, and Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board. The budget also appropriates funds for a variety of maintenance and preservation projects and numerous previously-approved road and bridge projects based on their construction schedules.

Local transportation improvements

Transportation infrastructure is critical to our area’s economic growth and quality of life. Not only is having an efficient and effective transportation system important for getting our crops to market, it is important for safety. Transportation continues to be one of my top priorities as a legislator. For more information on local transportation projects and plans, please read my e-newsletter from last November or my guest column in The Wenatchee World. If you are interested in more information about the 2017-19 transportation budget, please click here. You can view the 2018 supplemental transportation budget here.      

Sen. Hawkins gives floor speech on presidential primary bill.

I addressed the Washington State Senate on January 30th to speak to Senate Bill 5273 regarding the state's presidential primary.

Listen to my recent radio interviews

For more news about my work in Olympia:

  • Click here for my interview last Tuesday with KOHO Radio in Wenatchee.
  • Click here for my interview last Thursday with KPQ Radio in Wenatchee.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the 12th District.



Brad Hawkins

State Senator Brad Hawkins
12th Legislative District


107 Newhouse Building - P.O. Box 40412 | Olympia, WA 98504-0412
(360) 786-7622 or Toll-free: (800) 562-6000