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Inslee Calls for Transportation Package by Apple Cup – Aims Challenge at Senate

September 25, 2013 J

SUNCADIA, Sept. 18.—Gov. Jay Inslee threw down the gauntlet Wednesday to the state Senate, saying he wants a transportation package by the Apple Cup – and which might embrace the controversial Columbia River Crossing project to boot.

Appearing at the annual meeting of the Association of Washington Business at the Suncadia resort near Cle Elum, Inslee said he wants lawmakers to pass a transportation tax package and road-construction financing plan sometime before the Nov. 29 football game between the University of Washington and Washington State University. You might call the two-month deadline a direct challenge to the state Senate – and in particular to Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, and Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, who happened to be sitting in the room.

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