Washington State House Panel Passes Transportation Funding Plan
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A transportation revenue package funded largely by a 10-cent increase in the state's gas tax has advanced from the House Transportation Committee.
The $8.4 billion package would fund several large projects. Included are linking State Route 167 and State Route 509 to Interstate 5, the North Spokane Corridor and a replacement for the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.
The committee approved the measure on Monday.
The revenue package was passed on a party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. It heads next to the Rules Committee.
If it makes it out of the Democratic-controlled House, the bill faces an uphill battle in the Republican-dominated Senate.