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State Senators in Yakima to Address Transportation Issues

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Two state senators are in Yakima, and they want to hear your thoughts on local transportation issues.

State Senator Curtis King said he wants to hear peoples' concerns and suggestions about a whole scope of transportation issues including roads, bridges and airports, as well as bicycle and pedestrian pathways.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Yakima Area Arboretum and is scheduled to last around three hours.

King said he wants to take public feedback and include it in a list of reforms that could possibly turn into a revenue package. The state senator said he'll also be asking if people would be willing to pay a higher gas tax to help pay for critical transportation projects around the state.

"So that we can finish Snoqualmie Pass or that we can finish Highway 12 between Pasco and Walla Walla and get those done, because they're of such economic significance that we need to complete them," said King.

The state senator said he expects a good turnout Tuesday. They've already held several meetings around the state that have attracted between 200 to 400 people.

The senator said they have several more stops to make in the upcoming weeks, including one in Pasco this Thursday at Columbia Basin College.