A total tribal sell-out, Gregoire has been a pro-CRC hack from the getgo.
Knowing that the GOP-controlled Senate won't allow a dime of CRC money to go through for the next 2 years, Gregoire didn't waste the paper such a request would be printed on.
Combined with a locked up county commission, things are looking pretty bleak for the CRC scammers.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Gov. Chris Gregoire largely passed over the Columbia River Crossing in her recommended budget released Tuesday, identifying no new state funding for the project.
Instead, the outgoing governor will leave it up to state lawmakers to find Washington’s contribution to the planned Interstate 5 Bridge replacement, said spokesman Jason Kelly.
“The governor believes this is a priority project, but there continues to be a lack of consensus around transportation funding and what a comprehensive statewide revenue package should look like,” Kelly wrote in an email.
Washington, like Oregon, must find a way to pay a state share to hold up its end of the CRC finance plan. And lawmakers in both states will have to act soon for the CRC to stay on its current schedule, starting construction in late 2014.
Washington and Oregon are expected to jointly pony up roughly a third of the project’s $3.5 billion cost, or about $450 million each. The rest would come from tolling revenue and the federal government.
I imagine Moeller's head exploded.Gregoire’s budget doesn’t finalize any spending for the next two years. The Washington Legislature holds final say over the next biennial budget ending in mid-2015.