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January 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM

GOP lawmaker: Seattle should pay for any tunnel overruns

By CHRIS GRYGIEL The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The problems facing two state transportation “megaprojects” will loom large over discussions in the Legislature this year to raise the gas tax to pay for roads, bridges and transit throughout Washington. Leading lawmakers said at an Associated Press legislative forum Thursday that recent issues with the State Highway 520 bridge…

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Comments | More in State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: Alaskan Way Viaduct, Highway 520 bridge, Highway 99 tunnel

December 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

No deal on transportation-tax package this year; talks to continue

Legislative leaders said Wednesday there will be no special session to pass a multibillion dollar transportation package, but talks will continue during the regular session that starts in January. Negotiators from both parties gathered Wednesday in the governor’s office for their 12th round of talks  since the Legislature adjourned earlier this year, only to emerge after several…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: gov. jay inslee, Highway 520 bridge, transportation tax package