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Washington State Mayors Call for Gas Tax Hike for Transportation

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- The mayors of more than 40 cities across Washington have sent a letter to leaders in Olympia, urging them to consider an 8 cent per-gallon gas tax as a way to help pay for transportation needs.
    
Among the signees was Walla Walla's mayor.

In addition to the gas tax increase, the letter suggests a motor vehicle excise tax increase of up to 1.5 percent. Counties could enact the increase by public vote or by a vote by County Councils.

The mayors are also asking to increase of the vehicle license fee from $20 to $40. The license fee could also be increased either by public vote or by a vote of local councils.
    
The mayors say more than $3 billion is needed to maintain roadways and bridges in the state over the next 10 years.

Democrats in the state House are expected to introduce their transportation proposals next week.

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