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REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN MOVING SB-5430 FORWARD -

www.wama.us/SB5430-Talking-Points.pdf
www.wama.us/SB5430-Legislative-Contacts-Strategy.pdf

The Washington Airport Management Association (WAMA) began its 2014 effort to move SB 5430 forward in the 2014 session on Airport Funding Day in Olympia, January 28. As a result, we ask for your assistance in reaching out. Stakeholder contact with the attached legislators for the purpose of “presenting the message” is requested no later than January 31, 2014 as the first strategy. In particular, please follow the guidelines noted in www.wama.us/SB5430-Legislative-Contacts-Strategy.pdf and specifically make it a priority to ask Senator Andy Hill, Chair, Senate Ways and Means at 360-786-7672 or by e-mail at andy.hill@leg.wa.gov to give SB5430 a hearing.

The Aeronautics account now receives only 10 percent of the aircraft excise tax revenue collected from pilots and aircraft owners; the remaining 90 percent goes to the General Fund. WAMA’s Aircraft Excise Tax proposal (SB5430) is revenue neutral, doesn’t raise taxes or change the current excise tax rates, has no impact on the overall state budget, (only seeks to re-route a small revenue stream from the general fund to aeronautics) and carries no stakeholder downside. It‘s only $275,000 per year, and it represents taxes currently collected from aircraft owners that will be redirected from the General Fund to Aeronautics for pavements and safety projects for the state’s airports. WAMA believes these are important factors that should encourage majority non-partisan support. Stakeholders realize that only 10 percent return of the aircraft excise tax revenues is objectionable since the 10 percent is meant only to cover WSDOT Aviation Division overhead costs in the collection effort and does nothing to support an aging aviation infrastructure. Pilots and businesses that own airplanes pay the aircraft excise tax and it is reasonable to propose that the aircraft excise tax revenue collected from the aircraft owners be utilized to maintain airport runway and taxiway pavements and improve safety. While passage of this bill will have a small impact of $275,000 per year to the state general fund, it creates no new taxes and the additional revenues to the WSDOT Aviation grant program leverages $6.5 million in federal funding to pay for basic airport preservation and safety projects. Working to achieve successful passage of SB5430 renders a wise investment in Washington airports. www.wama.us/SB5430-Talking-Points.pdf

The phone call/email strategy attached prepared by WAMA’s Legislative Committee needs to be executed this week and the dates for this week’s contact deadlines are noted. Please provide this information to your members and ask them to make phone calls and send emails. E-mails are ok by themselves, but coupled with phone calls (which are personal) a stronger and more lasting impression is made. We appreciate any form of individual communication with legislators however, no matter the form, as each contact made will be helpful and count in the effort to move SB 5430 forward. We will continue to work together one step at a time to establish reasonable and meaningful funding mechanisms that can be realized to improve aviation infrastructure in Washington State.

Working together to improve Washington Airports…

Respectfully,

Kandace A. Harvey, President
Ryan Zulauf, Legislative Committee Chair
Washington Airport Management Association
President (2013-2014) | 360.568.1541 x224

www.wama.us   kharvey@harveyfield.com

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