WSDOT Chief Ousted by Senate Republicans after 3 Years on Job

Governor Inslee’s office called the move “shameful.” During a debate that lasted about two hours, Republican senators blasted the Washington State Department of Transportation, citing frustrations with Interstate 405 toll lanes, problems with the ferry system and delays in the Highway 99 tunnel project. After the debate, Sen. Schoesler showed reporters a letter by the Washington state Civil Rights Coalition that criticized the secretary’s record on minority-owned business participation in state and federal transportation programs.