Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Does Mayor Nickels have absolutely zero pull in Olympia?

I've been processing the fact that out of the $300+ million dollars in stimulus money that Washington money is receiving for transportation projects, exactly zero of those dollars are allocated to Seattle. At all. For anything.

Forget bridge repair. Or the viaduct. Or the Mercer street changes. How is it that the single largest city in Washington state is getting none of these dollars for any improvements or repairs?

Nickels seemed to do a lot of huffing and puffing about being left out and not being able to depend on any of these dollars for any projects, but I can't tell if Gregoire and Nickels have some kind of feud going on, or the Seattle delegation to Olympia have no influence, or what is going on, but this does seem very strange.

Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas as to what is going on here?

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