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WA Legislature passes $7.5B transportation budget

Associated Press - April 25, 2009 5:45 PM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Legislature has passed a $7.5 billion transportation budget, including money for new ferries, statewide road paving, and some financing to replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle.

The House, on a 77-19 vote Saturday, approved the compromise between the House and the Senate. The budget now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Many of the road projects included in the budget will begin this summer and are part of the plan to spend about $5 billion on what lawmakers are calling the state's most ambitious construction season, creating 49,000 jobs.

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