2008 Dino Rossi Lies to Dave Ross on the Air.
posted by April 24 at 12:35 PMon
Last week, when Dino Rossi released his transportation plan, I wrote this:
Rossi says his eight-lane 520 plan will cost $3.3 billion. Thatís a billion less than Gregoireís 6-lane 520 plan. Does math work like that?
Evidently, KIRO talk jock Dave Ross didn’t understand Rossi’s math either.
Rossi went on Ross’s show this past Monday, and Ross asked him point blank: “Basically what you have said is … that your method of building the 8-lane bridge is cheaper than their method of building the six-lane bridge. Is that what you’re telling me? … Is there a simple way you can make people understand why the cost estimates you released for an 8-lane bridge appear to be less than the cost estimates for the 6-lane?”
Rossi went through a series of somersaults before eventually saying he never estimated the cost of an 8-lane bridge.
Ross: You do not know what the 8-lane bridge would cost?
Rossi: No. We don’t have those numbers.
Ross let him off off the hook by saying, “Well, that’s clearer…”
But it’s also not true. Rossi did give a cost estimate for an 8-lane bridge. It’s on page 6 of his transportation plan:
Indeed, his plan estimates that an 8-lane bridge will cost $3.3 billion. This is less than Gregoire’s six-line option, which is between $4.4 and $5.3 billion.
I’ve left a message with Rossi’s campaign spokeswoman Jill Strait to get an explanation.