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Washington Governor, Lawmakers Meet On Transportation Funding

Washington Senate Democrats
Senate Transportation co-chair Tracey Eide

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has said he wants a transportation funding package on his desk by 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.

“That’s what we’re here to find out and the agreement is that we’re all going to be moving forward," she said. "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 $8.4 billion 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.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."