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Color-coordinated bill signing

The governor and three other public officials matched perfectly at the ceremonial signing of a $5.3 billion transportation funding bill.

JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Left to right, Leah Treat, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation; Rep. Susan McLain, Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Barbara Smith Warner coincidentally matched their attire during a ceremonial signing of a $5.3 billion transportation funding bill Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Portland Community College's Southeast campus.Did the invitation for the ceremonial signing of the 2017 transportation funding bill include a memo on apparel?

It looked as if a costume designer hand selected outfits for several public officials photographed with Gov. Kate Brown during the ceremony Aug. 29 at Portland Community College's Southeast campus.

The governor, Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation Leah Treat, Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, and Rep. Susan McLain, D-Forest Grove, all donned garments with a bright salmon hue.

Several people asked the officials whether they had intentionally color coordinated their clothes that day.

"I wish we were that good," said Smith Warner. "That was a complete coincidence."

"It is almost stranger that it was a coincidence," Warner added. To be fair, Sen. Kathleen Taylor, D-Portland, and Jillian Detweiler of The Street Trust, who also were huddled around Brown in the photo, wore blue.

The $5.3 billion transportation funding package includes a hodgepodge of taxes and fees and congestion-busting projects mostly in the Portland metro area.