state House passed a 10-year, $3.1 billion transportation plan April 8
anchored by a 4-cent-a-gallon fuel tax increase, according to local media.
however, have little expectation the bill will survive in the Senate.
in fact, is expected to vote this week on its own $4.1 billion transportation
plan, which includes a 5-cent fuel tax increase, The Seattle Times reported.
from both chambers say no deal is imminent, but they plan to keep meeting
with Gov. Gary Locke in hopes of finding a common ground.
package would raise about $500 million more than its proposal introduced
earlier this session, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. It's
close to a $3.2 billion package put together by the governor but $1 billion
less than the Senate offer.
proposal would spend about $2.4 billion on highway-related projects and
$600 million on such things as freight rail and public transit. It also
includes a 15 percent increase in truck-weight fees and a 0.46 percent
tax on new and used vehicle purchases.
plan calls for spending about $3.7 billion on highway projects and $468
million on other transportation projects.