State Sen. Tracey Eide said she is keeping her own budget bottled up in her committee because of proposed amendments she opposes that would restrict funding for the Columbia River Crossing bridge.
Eide, a Democrat, and fellow Transportation Committee co-chairman Curtis King, a Republican, unveiled their transportation budget more than a week ago but it hasn’t received a committee vote. At issue is $81.8 million in planning money for the I-5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver.
Sen. Don Benton, an opponent of light rail on the bridge, has offered amendments targeting that money and said he has support in his majority, mostly Republican caucus. “I …