SEATTLE – The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce expressed its appreciation for a 2015 state legislative session that ultimately resulted in key advancements on transportation and education.
Lawmakers’ approval of a comprehensive, statewide transportation funding package is a major victory for the Chamber’s state policy agenda. The Chamber has served as a central convener for years on this issue, working with partners from business, labor, the environmental community and local governments to collaboratively advocate for a package.
“The Chamber and our partners have worked for many years to secure these critical investments to get us out of gridlock. We are thrilled that Governor Jay Inslee and the Legislature came together, worked out their differences, and passed this bipartisan legislation,” said Maud Daudon, president and CEO of the Seattle Metro Chamber.
“These transportation investments will help get people to their jobs, kids to school, and goods to market by completing a network of roadways in the Puget Sound and clearing the way for voters to act on a proposal to connect our region’s major urban areas through expansion of light rail. This is a great day for Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the state of Washington” she added.
The 2015 session also included several positive steps on education, such as: committing funding to increase the state’s share of spending on K-12 education; adopting high-quality, statewide computer science teaching standards; and expanding dual-credit opportunities that help high school students save money, increase high school graduation rates, and improve post-secondary attainment. Lawmakers also approved a historic tuition reduction for the state’s colleges and universities.
“The progress we saw on education this session is heartening,” said Daudon, who is also the chair of the Washington Student Achievement Council. “Making it possible for more students to go on to higher education is critical to having a local workforce that’s ready to meet employers’ needs. The Legislature’s approval of lower tuition rates, expanded College Bound Scholarships, and more opportunities for kids to earn college credit while they’re in high school all advance that goal,” she stated.
About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,300 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.