O’Ban, Rossi call for investigatory hearings on Sound Transit

Sens. Steve O’Ban and Dino Rossi are calling for an investigation into whether Sound Transit engaged in a “systematic effort to confuse and misrepresent the impact and cost of the ST3 authorization to legislators and the public.”  In a letter sent today to the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and the chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, they outlined the need for additional legislative scrutiny.

“Even Sound Transit’s staunchest defenders are now expressing shock over how they’re pricing car-tab taxes and their overall funding authorization,” said O’Ban. “Sound Transit has had no check on its actions because its governing board members never face the voters.  It’s up to the legislature to provide the oversight.”

The letter requests either the Law and Justice Committee or the Transportation committee hold a hearing into Sound Transit’s communications with the legislature and improper participation in the Prop. 1 election.

“Even House Democrats don’t buy Sound Transit’s shell game,” said Rossi, R-Sammamish.  “There are legitimate questions about the bait and switch pulled on both the legislators and the public.  We deserve to know the truth.”

Read the letter with the link below:

170511Sound Transit letter to King Padden