WA passes no-new-taxes transportation budget

WA passes no-new-taxes transportation budget

WA passes no-new-taxes transportation budget

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by JONATHAN KAMINSKY Associated Press

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Posted on April 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 10:11 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Legislature has passed a no-new-taxes transportation budget that continues spending on existing big-ticket projects but does not fund new ones.

The $8.8 billion proposal, passed Sunday by both the House and Senate, includes continued funding for the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel project, a replacement bridge for State Route 520 over Lake Washington and high-occupancy lanes on Interstate 5 in Tacoma.

The measure represents a compromise between the two legislative chambers.

It passed the House by a 72-25 vote and advanced from the Senate by a 46-1 vote. It heads next to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee.

Lawmakers are leaving aside for now a transportation revenue plan for new projects that relies largely on a 10-cent hike in the gas tax.
 

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