Gov. Chris Gregoire asked Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna to provide his legal analysis of the now-infamous tunnel cost overruns provision.

The question on the table, of course, is whether or not the language is enforceable. In a letter to the governor troday, McKenna says the legislature would have to pass further legislation to make the provision operative.

McKenna concludes: "A future legislature may choose to enact additional legislation necessary to make this cost overrun provision operative, or may choose not to do so."

Given that the original legislation only passed by a few votes (49-47), I wonder if any Seattle reps would go for it again to make it operative.

"The governor has maintained for a while that the cost overrun language is not enforceable," says Gregoire spokesman Viet Shelton. "It's significant that the AG has put that same legal analysis on paper."