Wash. legislature passes no-new-taxes transportation budget

Wash. legislature passes no-new-taxes transportation budget

Credit: WSDOT

View of the new Evergreen Point Road girders from the SR 520 roadway

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on April 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 28 at 5:52 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Legislature has passed a 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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