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Futurewise works to build healthy livable communities, protect our working farmlands, forests, and waterways, and create a better quality of life for present and future generations.

All Washingtonians can benefit from development done with the long-term health of our communities in mind. Our 2015 Legislative Agenda focuses on strategies that will support businesses, provide safe options for people to get around, ensure equitable affordable housing, and protect the food, air and water we depend on.

Create more equitable and livable communities.

Two of the biggest roadblocks to accommodating growth in our cities are an inadequate supply of affordable housing and a lack of funds to pay for the infrastructure needed to service it. We support creating new tools to facilitate affordable and sustainable infill development – like Value Capture Financing and Housing our Workforce.

Address our transportation crisis.

We support a new transportation revenue package that gives all Washingtonians the opportunity to get where we need to go by fixing broken roads, putting more buses on the street, investing in our ferries and communities, and creating more jobs.

Protect our communities and taxpayers from poorly planned sprawl.

Too often we develop in ways that raise costs for families and taxpayers, impact our health, and create long-term environmental damage - with the results undermining our local economy and our future quality of life. We support efforts, like reforming our vesting laws and adopting a state growth strategy, to better protect our state’s natural & economic bottom lines, and quality of life.

2015 Environmental Priorities

As with each legislative session, the Environmental Priorities Coalition has selected priority issues for 2015 that are important to protecting our state for future generations: making big industries pay for their pollution in order to reduce emissions that harm our health and environment, and protecting our communities and waterways from the risks of increased oil transport.

Carbon Pollution Accountability Act

[HB 1314 | SB 5283]

Washingtonians are doing their part as individuals to keep this state clean, but industries that emit huge amounts of carbon pollution are able to do it without paying a price. Right now we are already paying the price of global warming pollution; from economic losses in the shellfish industry to fiercer and more frequent forest fires, we are seeing impacts close to home. Our Priority is going to ensure Washington is cleaner by:

  • Making polluters pay for carbon emissions
  • Enforcing our state climate laws
  • Reducing harmful emissions in the future
  • Generating needed revenue to make smart investments across the entire state

Oil Transportation Safety Now

[SB 5087 | HB 1449]

The risk of a spill or disaster from crude oil is growing here in Washington, but our laws were crafted in the 1970s and need to be updated to reflect reality. From highly volatile Bakken crude oil to toxic tar sands, the risks to our communities and waterways are real. Our Priority is going to ensure Washington is safer by:

  • Giving the public information on how oil is moving through our communities
  • Authorizing common sense oil spill prevention measures
  • Ensuring companies carrying oil, not taxpayers, pay for cleaning up all oil spills
  • Providing funding to modernize our system that safeguards communities and waterways

What Grade Will You Give to the 2014 Legislative Session? Click Here to learn how some of the major issues played out in the 2014 session from our April 2014 Futurewire newsletter.

For more information about Futurewise or our 2015 Legislative Agenda, please contact Bryce Yadon, Futurewise State Policy Director, by Email or call (206) 343-0681x120

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