Main Street supporters heading to Olympia to save program
ELLENSBURG--Legislators from the 13th District are drawing up bills to save a program they say creates jobs.
One of the many cuts in Gov. Chris Gregoire's budget is to the Washington Main Street program.
Representative Bill Hinkle (Republican - Cle Elum) and Sen. Janea Holmquist (Republican - Moses Lake) of the 13nth are co-sponsoring bills in the House and Senate, respectively, that would keep Main Street in the budget.
This isn't just a Republican issue, however. State Rep. Dean Takko of the 19th District (Democrat - Longview) introduced House Bill 2704 on the opening day of the 2010 session.
Several days later, Sen. Steve Hobbs of the 44th District (Democrat - Everett) introduced Senate Companion Bill 6507 with Holmquist's support.
This week, supporters will travel to Olympia to plead their case. Timothy Bishop, executive director of the Downtown Ellensburg Association, has a simple message.
"$370 creates one new job through the Washington Main Street program," Bishop said. "That's not a program we should be cutting at a time when our state needs to create jobs."
Ellensburg isn't the only local city facing the end of their Main Street program.
Kennewick and Walla Walla also receive Main Street funding.