WA House Passes $10B Transportation Revenue Package
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A day after it was voted down, a $10 billion transportation revenue package that includes a 10 1/2-cent increase in the gas tax has been approved by the state House.
The measure passed on a 51-41 vote Thursday and now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to face resistance. On Wednesday, the measure had failed to receive the required 50 votes, a rare bill failure in the Democratic-controlled House.
The package includes $3.2 billion for several state road projects, including State Route 167, Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass and a replacement bridge over the Columbia River into Oregon. It also includes more than $1 billion for maintenance of highways and bridges.
Under the measure, the state gas tax would increase by 6 cents per gallon on Aug. 1, with the remainder of the increase taking effect July 1, 2014.