Although he did not explicitly say he would support suspending I-1053, Chopp responded to host Ross Reynolds' question about the two-thirds requirement by referring to the "extraordinary economic times."
"I certainly am going to be advocating for a balanced approach. … I've seen the effects of these budgets and these budget decisions on real people," Chopp said. "Keep in mind that we are in extraordinary economic times. These are the most serious [economic times] since the Great Depression. When I was growing up ... my dad, for example, had to go to work at age 12 at the coal mines in Roslyn, and I never thought we'd have those kind of economic times in my lifetime. But sure enough, we've got those kind of situations now [and] so we're trying to make our best decisions about how to balance that."
Chopp also said that Attorney General Rob McKenna was "wrong to be contesting [Obama's] health care law"; that he's looking to house transportation chair Judy Clibborn to "come back with a proposal on how to address the issue of cost overruns" on the deep-bore tunnel (which state legislation passed last year says Seattle-area taxpayers will have to pay for); and said house Democrats were working on a proposal to raise revenues to address the looming budget shortfall.
We have a call in to state senate majority leader Sen. Lisa Brown (D-3, Spokane) to get her assessment of overturning 1053. We spoke with Brown about the issue in July.