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LEGISLATURE: Capital budget supports local jobs

Letter by Dan Lincoln, Spanaway on April 5, 2011 at 11:00 am | 9 Comments »
April 5, 2011 12:22 pm

Our community will directly benefit from the proposed capital budget now under consideration in Olympia. It is important to Pierce County that we encourage our legislators to vote for this important capital investment plan which could bring more than $515 million in construction activity and up to 6,800 jobs to our communities.

Sewer and water district improvements throughout the county are on the line. Many projects have been delayed in the past. Not only are they important to our community health and safety, they represent a shot in the economic arm for Pierce County.

Two years ago, legislators raided the capital investment plan and construction trust funds to pay for general government services. That cost our state more than 19,000 jobs that could have been created through infrastructure investment. We can’t let that happen again.

As legislators struggle to meet balance our state’s budget, we need to remind them that a dollar spent on capital projects creates more economic activity and jobs than a dollar spent on general government. It will also generate a lot of additional local revenue as well.

Supporting the capital budget is one of the best investments our legislators can make for Pierce County.

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