The fiery debate is coming to a head. Will the Washington Legislature agree to pay for its part of the Columbia River Crossing? The more than $3 billion project cost has been scrutinized. The bridge would cost Oregon and Washington $450 million each.
The Washington state Legislature on Sunday passed a no-new-taxes transportation budget that invests in maintaining state roadways and continues spending on existing big-ticket projects but does not fund new ones.
For the first time in state history, the Washington state budget is being written by Microsofties, with company alums chairing both budget committees, writes editorial columnist Sharon Pian Chan.
Lawmakers in the state House approved changes in state tax law Tuesday, April 16th, that would raise money to balance the budget.
Anyone who remembers last fall’s gubernatorial campaign in Washington could be forgiven for expressing surprise that so much of this year’s legislative agenda in Olympia has focused on tax increases.