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State May Increase Gas Tax To Secure Funding For Transportation Projects

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 YAKIMA, WA.- City leaders and State Representatives met in Yakima Wednesday to discuss plans to find new funding for transportation projects in Washington.

     Roads and bridges across the state are in need of serious repair, but the funding to fix them isn't in the budget, according to speakers.

     Port of Seattle Commissioner, Bill Bryant, spoke at the convention Wednesday.

     He said state wide, 20 percent of our roads are in poor or failing condition, while 27 percent of our bridges are in need of serious repair.

     In addition, new projects like the overpass in Union Gap need to get started, but finding funding for these projects is still a huge problem.

“These are projects that need to be built if we are going to continue to have a vibrant economy. We don't have the resources right now to take care of what we have or build what we need to keep family wage jobs in the state of Washington,” Commissioner Bryant told KNDO.

     Bryant proposed an increase in state gas tax, however he says this would only be a temporary solution.  

     Bryant says by 2019, the governor needs to have a plan to create permanent funding for transportation projects, but at this time there is no such plan in the works.