Gas tax hike part of House Democrats' transportation plan
Added 01-19-21 06:03:02pm EST - “Democratic leaders in the Washington state House on Tuesday unveiled a 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package that includes an 18-cent increase in the gas tax and a new fee on carbon emissions.” - Washingtontimes.com
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Washington state House on Tuesday unveiled a 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package that includes an 18-cent increase in the gas tax and a new fee on carbon emissions.
The Everett Herald reported that supporters have said the new revenue is needed to cover the cost of projects like the replacement of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River and the removal of state-owned culverts that are blocking fish passage.
Democratic Rep. Jake Fey, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said that funds would also go toward maintaining and preserving local roads and state highways and other construction projects.
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Under the proposal, $17.6 billion would come largely from the gas tax increase, which would be imposed over the next two years and indexed for inflation going forward.
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