Fighting for Spokane jobs

Members of the Spokane Alliance are convinced the Washington State Infrastructure Jobs Bond Bill can better Spokane.

The bill could potentially create 40,000 jobs around the state and could generate about $100 million in taxes over the next three years.

However, some are worried the bill would negatively impact Spokane's bond rating.

On Friday the Spokane Alliance will hold a press conference to highlight the benefits of the bill and to urge state legislatures, “to stop playing politics.” The press conference will be held in front of Washington State University's future Riverpoint Biomedical and Health Science Center with City Council President Ben Stuckart and members of city council, labor unions, faith institutions, education associations, Associated General Contractors, WSU medical students and other organizations to collectively advocate for the bill.

Carol Krawcyzk, lead organizer for the Alliance, said the bill has become a faith issue because more people are reaching out to the church for financial help. “

The money that's coming into the church is less than it's ever been,” she said.

Since the Jobs Bill would provide jobs, she said fewer people would depend on the church for financial help.

The Rev. Andrea CastroLang of Westminster United Church for Christ has been invited to speak at the press conference. She said in Spokane the bill would bring the necessary $38.9 million to complete the Riverpoint Biomedical and Health Science Center and provide up to $25 million for CEEP (Community Energy Efficiency Programs), which helps support the Sustainable Works program created by the Spokane Alliance.

The conference is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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