enhancing transportation across washington state
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After hearing a few of the angles and considerations for the budget request from Karen, we're now getting some great insights from Veronica on the lens through which OFM views the budget requests it receives.
Brian: Are we definitively separating the new program from the existing program? We have to decide on that before we move forward with our legislative direction.
Matt: We should consider that we have proven the concept— GTEC did that for us.
Karen: The sense we got from legislators toward the end of last session was not exactly one of overwhelming support. It seemed interest was waning. We need good examples—pilots, GTECs, the JBLM work, etc.—of how we "wring the most from the roadway" in a cost-effective, efficient way to give them this time around.
Brian: WSDOT's government affairs office is going to help us with our legislative meetings this year, so WSDOT is showing that it's invested in our success this session.
Matt: Maybe instead of tying it to CTR, what about connecting it to the Regional Mobility Grant program? Is that possible?
Brian: That's a secondary question— what we first need to settle on is whether the board supports changing our direction with our approach to the Legislature in 2017.
Melissa: I support uncoupling the all-trips program from the legal mandate. Also, what thoughts and ideas do we have on any kind of rebranding effort?
Roll call on uncoupling:
Jamie: I support separating the two.
Amy: Me too.
Karen: Me too.
Veronica: Yes. Also, what about the telework piece?
Brent: I'm on board.
Kristina: I'm in, but I want to make sure we hone the message in the next four weeks. Also, let's be clear that these weren't necessarily tied together in the first place. Rep. Jake Fey has mentioned to me that he's in our corner and could potentially serve as a champion for us.
Back now to Matt's question about the RMG program.
The group is kicking around the idea of how best to bundle CTR with an existing grant program. We've heard good insights from Molly, Matt, Brent and Jamie. Karen suggested that, no matter what grant program(s) we look at, the board should look at how we can best leverage opportunities for collaboration.
Backing up a bit to the "who needs a grant" piece, as a Community College rep, getting a grant like that could make/break whether the college was able to participate fully.
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