The Washington Conservation Voters (WCV)—one of the extreme “green” organizations that California billionaire Tom Steyer has used to launder his millions of dollars of campaign contributions through in our state—is promoting the state House Democrats’ transportation package to its supporters. In its latest email, WCV extolled the “green” virtues of Democrats’ plan while condemning the Republican-controlled state Senate’s bipartisan proposal (which passed with the Senate with the support of seven Democrats). The email reads,
“I have good news to report: although not perfect, the House Transportation Committee just passed a sane, common-sense transportation proposal. The choice is clear: we must pass the House transportation plan.
“The ugly alternative is a Senate proposal from two weeks ago – the one that shortchanges Sound Transit and injects a “poison pill” in an effort to block requirements for lower carbon fuels.”
WCV goes on to list why its supporters should email their legislators and tell them to support the Democrats’ transportationplan – without ever mentioning that the Democrats won’t actually bring their bill up for a vote on the House floor because they seemingly do not have enough support to pass it. The reasons the WCV thinks make the House committee proposal worth supporting—other than the removal of the provision that would slow down Jay Inslee’s scheme to jam through his fuel mandate by executive order, rather than submitting it to the legislature for a vote—include that the House plan “grants Sound Transit its full ($15 billion dollar) local funding request to put a 3rd phase of light rail expansion on the ballot” and that it increases “direct state funding in transit to 7.6%.” Of course, the House package also removes the Senate’s plan to reform transportation funding by directing sales tax paid on transportation projects back into transportation, rather than continuing the Democrat tradition of siphoning it off into the state general fund.
In other words, the House’s transportation package removes all of the Senate’s bi-partisan compromise measures and gives the Seattle far-left supporters everything they have demanded. Yet, despite the obvious reality of which legislative chamber has the true bi-partisan plan, WCV has the audacity to claim that it is the House Democrats who compromised and the Senate Republicans who are playing a partisan game with our state’s transportation needs. WCV asserts, “Unlike their colleagues in the Senate, the House chose compromise over playing political games with our state’s transportation budget.”
No mention is made of the fact that the House’s transportation package does not include Jay Inslee’s cap-and-tax scheme, the centerpiece of his transportation proposal. As Shift reported, Inslee failed to even gather enough support to pass his scheme among members of his own party.
You can check out the email below.