State Rep. Judy Clibborn, chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee, came before the Transportation Commission in Olympia to accept a “Thank You” for her hard work securing $2.5 million to prevent tolls on the Narrows Bridge from being raised yet again this year. There were accolades all around the table except for the one person who singlehandedly made it happen: 26th District Rep. Jesse Young.
As a member of the Citizen Advisory Commission, appointed by the governor, I watched Young work behind the curtain, nonstop, throughout the legislative session on plan one, which morphed into plan two and then plans three and four. He negotiated to create the first fair and equitable state contribution to help us with skyrocketing toll rates.
Since the tolls started in 2007, no one — neither Republican nor Democrat — has been able to do what Young did this past session. The $2.5 million was a onetime contribution, so we need to make sure Young gets back to Olympia this year and continues the great work he initiated.