CRC education jobs are main topics at legislative breakfast

first_imgThe 2013 legislative session will be a busy one for state lawmakers. They will have to come up with a plan to make sure the state’s education system is adequately paid for while also working to improve the economy, legislators told Clark County business leaders on Friday morning. And, they’ll likely grapple with a major transportation package that will include money to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge. All nine legislators-elect from the county’s 17th, 18th and 49th districts participated in the legislative breakfast, along with 14th District Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima. The 14th District now reaches into parts of eastern Clark County.Many of the lawmakers pointed to the importance of securing funding for the Columbia River Crossing project during the upcoming session, although some of them continued to disagree on major elements of the megaproject. State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, said he’ll be happy to support a funding proposal for the CRC this session — if the light rail line is removed from the project. “The CRC project in my opinion has been an absolute boondoggle from the beginning,” Benton said. “If the light rail component comes off, then we can talk about funding for the CRC.”last_img

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