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Governor signs Johnson's bill on infrastructure financing


April 11, 2018

Washington’s Local Infrastructure Financing Tool (LIFT) program has provided millions of dollars for economic development projects across the state since it was enacted by the Legislature in 2006. The program, however, has been plagued with a restriction that Rep. Norm Johnson says has made it difficult for local governments to count on uninterrupted financing.

Authored by Johnson, R-Yakima, House Bill 2858 was signed into law March 22 by Gov. Jay Inslee. Johnson says the measure should fix the problem.

“LIFT was designed as a state financing tool to boost jobs, encourage economic development and redevelopment in Washington communities that have struggled from economic hardship. Nine...

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