OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Proponents are conceding defeat on a revenue package that would have paid for major transportation projects in Washington state.
Democratic Rep. Judy Clibborn said Friday night that she was sorry and disappointed the $10 billion package did not have the support needed to pass. Clibborn says it became clear over the past week that the Senate was not willing to work on the plan, which would have included a 10 1/2-cent increase in the gas tax.
Gov. Jay Inslee had pushed for the package, as did business groups. Republican Sen. Curtis King, however, said his caucus had no appetite for the plan.
The package approved by the state House included $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.