VANCOUVER -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is visiting Vancouver Friday to meet with local business leaders about plans for a new Interstate 5 over the Columbia River connecting with Portland.

Oregon recently approved putting in $450 million toward the project. Washington has to kick in a similar amount to secure federal funding.

Still in dispute is whether the bridge should extend Portland's light-rail system into Vancouver.

Some lawmakers, including Republican Sen. Don Benton of Vancouver, say the state should reconsider whether the bridge project should include a light rail line. Inslee says that light rail is non-negotiable.

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