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State Rep. proposes naming rights of government facilities

January 24th, 2013 - 8:36am

(Olympia) -- Imagine crossing the Boeing Tacoma Narrows Bridge, driving across Lake Washington on the Microsoft 520 span, or having a picnic in the Amazon Deception Pass State Park. It could happen under legislation being considered in Olympia.

State Representative Jan Angel wants to give taxpayers a break with two bills that would allow state and local governments to sell naming rights of bridges, ferries, parks and other public facilities. The Port Orchard Republican says it could provide more revenue to the state, and help with such things as stabilizing tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the district she represents.

Angel says naming rights on other structures in the state have sold for millions of dollars. It's time, she says, the state takes advantage of this revenue source.

Hearings were held on both bills in legislative committees in Olympia and there was no opposition

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