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February 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Inslee addresses poison pills, oil trains, e-cigarettes and Bertha’s progress

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the supplement budget Thursday, before taking questions from media. Here are some things he said: 1. Bertha crawls again. “We’re looking forward to continued movement,” Inslee said. “People have to understand, there’s going to have to be a lot of work on this machine to keep it operable … there’s a long ways…

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February 11, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Senate bill would ban money for tunnel cost overruns

A bill would forbid lawmakers from adding money to cover any Highway 99 cost overruns in a forthcoming state transportation plan. It would also reinforce the earlier spending limit of $2.4 billion in state funds, approved in 2009 when the Legislature chose a deep-bore tunnel to replace the fragile Alaskan Way Viaduct. Any day now, the Senate is…

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January 26, 2015 at 6:02 PM

GOP senators’ bill to kill Bertha and tunnel project goes nowhere

UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, Tuesday afternoon announced that the bill to stop the Highway 99 tunnel project and tunnel drill Bertha would not get a hearing in the state Senate. “While I understand my colleagues’ concerns regarding the Seattle tunnel project, a bill to shut down a project of this size is not realistic,” said King, who…

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