No Washington State Transportation Deal Until Session Convenes
OLYMPIA, WA - Governor Jay Inslee and Washington state legislative leaders say negotiations have failed to produce a new tax package for transportation projects.
In a statement released Wednesday evening, Inslee and House and Senate transportation leaders said they'll take the issue up when lawmakers convene next month for the regular legislative session.
"Through 12 negotiating sessions we made progress on finding a compromise package of statewide transportation improvements. But today it has become clear this phase of the process has run its course and we have not reached an agreement," Inslee released in a statement Wednesday evening.
Lawmakers have been struggling all year to reach agreement on a transportation plan. Inslee first wanted one when the Legislature was in session earlier this year, but the Senate declined to take it up for a vote.
"We agree that transportation infrastructure is important to our state and we remain committed to finding a solution in the regular legislative session that works for everyone," the statement read.
Last month, the governor sought an agreement when lawmakers held a special session to approve tax breaks for Boeing. There are a variety of components in the negotiations, but all sides are looking at a deal valued at roughly $10 billion and relying on a large increase in the state's gas tax - perhaps more than 10 cents per gallon.