Washington Governor, Lawmakers Meet On Transportation

By Austin Jenkins

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has said he wants a transportation funding package on his desk by the Apple Cup at the end of November. Key lawmakers met with the Democratic governor Wednesday on this topic. 

Afterwards, Senate Transportation co-chair Tracey Eide was noncommittal when asked if there will be a special session of the legislature in November.

Tracey Eide: “Well, that’s what we’re here to find out and the agreement is that we’re all going to be moving forward, but at this point in time we’re not ready to make any suggestions or comments.”

Eide was the only meeting participant to speak with Capitol reporters after the meeting. The others left out a back door. Earlier this year, Washington House Democrats proposed an $8.4B roads and transit package. The mostly Republican Senate majority says funding must be paired with a series of changes designed to bring down the cost of transportation projects in Washington.

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