State lawmakers negotiate $12.3 billion transportation package
OLYMPIA, WASH. — As lawmakers continue to work on reaching an agreement on a transportation package, a Senate panel Thursday held a public hearing on a $12.3 billion proposal that includes an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase and puts money toward road projects across the state.
More than 100 people packed a conference room, as well as an overflow room, for the Senate Transportation Committee’s public work session.
Committee co-chair Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, said the proposal was “based upon the idea that we can no longer ignore maintenance and preservation and that we need to complete what we’ve started.”
No bills have been drafted for the package, and King stressed that the details could change.
“Hence, we are listening to what you have to say to us today,” he said.
Lawmakers have been struggling all year to reach agreement on a transportation plan.
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