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Governor, Lawmakers Meet on Transportation

Gov. 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.

Afterward, Sen. Tracey Eide, co-chair of the Senate Tranportation Committee, was noncommittal when asked whether there will be a special session of the Legislature in November.

“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,” said Eide.

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." Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland and Boise. Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Austin’s reporting has been recognized with awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Society of Professional Journalists.