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Friday, February 16, 2007

Legislators meet to discuss CRC

Chris Smith at Portland Transport alerts readers to a bi-state legislative meeting about the CRC happening in Portland at 11:30 this morning at the Port of Portland building. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, and chair of Transportation, is listed as representing the Washington state Senate.

Other notables from the Washington side include Doug MacDonald of WSDOT and Hal Dengerink, chancellor of WSU-Vancouver and co-chair of the CRC task force.

The information posted by Smith mentions a Washington concurrent resolution, SCR 8405, which would establish a "joint interim work group" to follow and report back on the CRC. Once you get past all the "whereas's," the resolution would enable Lisa Brown and Frank Chopp to pick four members from their respective chambers and instruct them to report to the Legislature in 2008. Smells like funding to me, but hey, you never know how these things are going to go. The puzzle pieces are not set yet.

There are many things in motion with CRC right now. The task force is scheduled to vote on the staff recommendation on Feb. 27, and Democratic County Commissioner Steve Stuart is scheduled to give the annual state of the county address later today. Stuart has expressed some frustrations with the CRC at times, and it will be interesting to see how he expresses those in his speech.

As always, you can rummage through the CRC web site if you wish to explore the project in greater detail. You can also check out a Jan. 30 overview that we posted here at NPI.

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