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Monday, February 11, 2008

Governance Reform Storm

posted by on February 11 at 18:39 PM

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s (D-10, Camano Island) governance reform bill—the one that would turn Sound Transit into Sound Transportation (a roads and transit agency)—is teetering.

She didn’t bring the bill up for a committee vote today (in her transportation committee) because it wouldn’t have passed. There’s reportedly too much disagreement in the Democratic caucus about the bill. Basically, the bill reconstitutes Sound Transit to spend its money on roads and transit and makes the agency accountable to a regional elected board. The effect, I imagine, would be to empower roads advocates to siphon dough away from light rail.

She’s going to try to move it again tomorrow, the last day to do so.

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She is pretty dumb, she complained that her constituents didn't know who their sound transit representative was, when her district is outside of the sound transit boundary.

Posted by Andrew | February 11, 2008 6:50 PM
There’s reportedly too much disagreement in the Democratic caucus about the bill.
Holy crap, Feit! There was another Democratic Caucus and you didn't tell your readers about it? Do you have any idea how many more people could have gotten laid if they'd known there was another caucus to cruise, er, attend?
Posted by elenchos | February 11, 2008 7:20 PM

I give her the benefit of the doubt. Representing Camano Island she's likely doing what will prove of greater direct benefit to Camano Islanders. It's gonna take a while for light rail to get to Island County.

Posted by umvue | February 11, 2008 8:06 PM

let the entire state vote. no more caucuses. the only democratic fair way, let all the people vote. put it on the ballot. if idaho, nebraska and n. dakota can partially determine the national democatic presidential candidate why not let spokane partially determine tranportation governance throughout the state?

Posted by serious ribbing | February 11, 2008 8:22 PM

@3 - Yeah, I can appreciate that she's probably just trying to represent the specific interests of her constituency, but that doesn't take away from the fact that her bill is a bad bill.

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Posted by feamigq | February 11, 2008 10:11 PM

Short session - big political year - all this stuff dies, deliberately.

Quit pumping Josh, no stories after tomorrow.....maybe budget.

Posted by Adam | February 11, 2008 10:28 PM

Haugen's idea might be on track, but she's lately been the shill for some questionable folks.

At the Port of Seattle hearing in Olympia she was badgering testifiers in support of the ill-conceived and ill-timed idea to lessen Port accountability by merging it with the successful Port of Tacoma.

Reforming an agency by the people who were the problem in the first place might be a smart action on their part. Thankfully at least some of our State legislators are wise to the lies.

Are you?

Posted by Douglas Tooley | February 12, 2008 2:01 PM

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