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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 09 at 1:46PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT EAST WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH

Today

Hi41° Patchy Fog then Cloudy

Tonight

Lo33° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi40° Rain Likely

Thursday Night

Lo35° Rain Likely

Friday

Hi45° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi48° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo34° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi45° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo37° Slight Chance Rain

A transportation plan is still vital

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In legislating, in politics, doing nothing is easy. Risk is minimal, efficiency maximized. Partisanship, the art of orchestrating your opponent’s failure, is only slightly more difficult. Doing something, reaching a difficult goal for the good of the state and all its citizens, that is difficult. Bipartisanship and compromise are required almost always. Risks are great, leadership and courage essential.

It appeared to be a reasonable hope at the start of this year that the Washington Legislature would take the difficult road and accomplish something important. It could, with effort, craft and pass a transportation package, with funding. The ingredients were there — needs were obvious and great in all parts of the state, leaders in both parties knew it, and influential constituents were supportive. A gas tax hike would be necessary, but nothing could be done without it.

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