OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A $10 billion transportation revenue package that included a 10 1/2-cent increase in the gas tax has been voted down by the state House.
The measure needed to receive at least 50 votes, and in a rare occurrence in the Democratic-controlled House, Wednesday's vote fell just short at 48-42.
The package, which had already faced stiff resistance in the Senate, included $3.2 billion for several state road projects, including State Road 167, Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass and a replacement bridge over the Columbia River into Oregon. It also included more than $1 billion for maintenance of highways and bridges.
Under the proposal, the first 6 cents of the gas tax increase would have taken effect Aug. 1. The remainder of the increase would take effect July 1, 2014.