Morning update: Session Day 32

Staff writerFebruary 13, 2014 

Legislative Building in Olympia. taken June10,2013

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian.

The Republican transportation chairman in the Senate is due to unveil his latest gas-tax plan Thursday after weeks of anticipation.

But Senate leaders won't say if they will hold a vote and won't reveal if they have majority-support in their coalition for the transportation funding plan.

Instead, they called for resumed negotiations. Democrats have resisted continuing transportation talks that fell apart last year, demanding a Senate plan that can actually pass the Senate before going back to the table.

"If you're going to get something together, you need to be in the room together," said Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Democrat who leads the mostly Republican coalition. "I know Gov. Gregoire was able to cobble together two transportation packages, and people spent a lot of time together. I think that's what's needed."

Tom suggested Gregoire's successor and fellow Democrat, Gov. Jay Inslee, isn't leading on transportation. The governor, who has been pushing a transportation plan as a major priority, has said it's the Senate's turn to show its hand. It remains to be seen if Republican Sen. Curtis King's plan, which he said will include "over $400 million in new movement toward the House package," can do anything to change the debate.

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