It’s increasingly unlikely state lawmakers will move forward with a multi-billion dollar transportation tax package before the regular session ends on March 13. Negotiators say they’re still stuck on many of the same issues that have bogged down talks for more than a year. Both sides accuse each other playing politics — always an odd accusation…More
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State Senate Republicans are willing to consider a gas-tax increase of 11.5 cents a gallon for highway and ferry construction, and even to allow new local taxes for King County Metro Transit, according to a proposal forged over the holiday weekend. It would avoid the tolling of Interstate 90 to help pay for construction of…More
Declaring that “our state’s transportation challenges are not going away,” Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday morning that he will call a special session for November to deal with the issue — if lawmakers agree on a package that can pass. But the Democratic governor provided few details about how that might happen just a few months after…More
The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A bipartisan group of state senators released a transportation budget proposal Wednesday that both sides call “bare bones.” The $8.7 billion proposal, released Wednesday, puts $4.1 billion into maintaining and improving roads, banks $200 million in projected toll revenue toward the Alaskan Way Viaduct project and puts $1.2 billion toward servicing bonding debt. The plan…More
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee promised to bring “disruptive change” to Olympia in a wide-ranging inaugural address before a joint session of the Legislature. The speech touched on the state’s budget shortfall, the need to provide more money for education as well as gun control and other issues. The address for the most part went over…More