Thursday, December 5, 2013

What Spokane wants from state lawmakers

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Work in progress on the North Spokane Corridor - WSDOT PHOTO
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Work in progress on the North Spokane Corridor

Back in October, we told you about the Spokane City Council's wish list for the upcoming state legislative session. Topping the list: Give us the money to finally finish the older-than-the-council-members idea of a North-South Freeway. (More about what it will take to get that funding here.) This week, the council finalized the list — a combination of their wishes and the mayor's — and now hands it off to the city's lobbyists heading into the session, which starts Jan. 13.

Greater Spokane Inc., the region's combination chamber of commerce/economic development group, has also finalized its wish list. Spoiler alert: Cash for the North-South Freeway is also GSI's top priority.

Below are both lists. (Note the removal from the city's list of a request to increase punishment for vehicle prowling. That item was added by the mayor, but removed Monday by the council because of worries that such a change could undermine justice reform efforts aimed at reducing the number of nonviolent offenders in jail.)

The city's 2014 legislative priorities:

GSI's 2014 legislative priorities:


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Heidi Groover is a staff writer at the Inlander, where she covers city government and drug policy. On the job, she's spent time with prostitutes, "street kids," marriage equality advocates and the family of a 16-year-old organ donor...