Washington’s Labor and Business Leaders Agree: Transportation Investment Will Create Jobs, Improve Economy

Presidents of a labor group and business group talk about their agreement on the need for and benefits of increasing funding for transportation in Washington State. Image – TVW.

The leaders of Washington State’s labor and business interests recently announced agreement on a state transportation investment and jobs proposal.

Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, and Don Brunell, President of the Association of Washington Business, appeared on TVW’s Inside Olympia show. TVW is Washington State’s version of CSPAN.  After touching on other subjects, host Austin Jenkins asks Johnson and Brunell essentially what is the most important action the legislature could take in 2013 to address the issue of the jobs deficit and help the economy get better.

Johnson and Brunell agree the answer could be a transportation investment package. They discuss transportation needs, funding challenges, and other issues. Johnson notes that labor, business and environmental groups are coming together to support an investment proposal that would be a “substantial down-payment” on the state’s transportation needs.

Here’s the excerpt of the program touching on transportation. Go here for the complete interview, which begins by interviewing some legislators.