Transportation proposals aim to fill hole left by initiative
Added 02-26-20 02:03:02pm EST - “House and Senate leaders have unveiled plans to fill a $450 million hole in the state's transportation budget created by the passage of an initiative that slashes vehicle registration fees.” - Washingtontimes.com
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - House and Senate leaders have unveiled plans to fill a $450 million hole in the state’s transportation budget created by the passage of an initiative that slashes vehicle registration fees.
The Spokesman-Review reported that the budget writers warn that the proposals released this week by the two chambers are a stopgap measure that won’t last past mid-2021. But they hope it will be enough to lead to an order by Gov. Jay Inslee to lift the seven-month pause on new work on some major projects while they look for a solution to the loss of many fees and taxes connected to vehicle license tabs that came as a result of Initiative 976, which voters approved in November.
Transportation budget writers in the Senate released their proposal Tuesday, while the House’s plan was released Monday. The plans look to move money around from various accounts and take some money set aside from major road projects that hasn’t been spent.
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The budget proposals also restore funding to mass transit and specialty transportation programs, ferry system projects and some Washington State Patrol programs, because that agency gets much of its money from transportation fees and taxes.
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