Gas Tax http://kplu.org en ‘Heavy Lift’ Gas Tax Vote In Washington Legislature Breeds Partisan Mistrust http://kplu.org/post/heavy-lift-gas-tax-vote-washington-legislature-breeds-partisan-mistrust <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The debate over a gas tax hike has revved up again in the state Legislature. A key Senate Republican formally introduced legislation Monday to raise the gas tax by 11.5 cents to fund road projects. But Democrats are reacting warily.</span></p><p>The latest plan Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, still spends about $12 billion to maintain and preserve existing roads, build and complete new projects and pay for other transportation priorities. But it includes some concessions to Democrats, including more money for transit.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:11:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14378 at http://kplu.org ‘Heavy Lift’ Gas Tax Vote In Washington Legislature Breeds Partisan Mistrust Transpo Leaders: Window May Be Closing on Gas Tax Package http://kplu.org/post/transpo-leaders-window-may-be-closing-gas-tax-package <p>Time is running out for Washington lawmakers to agree on a multi-billion dollar roads and transit package. If they&nbsp;don’t act soon, a vote could be delayed for another year, said two key transportation leaders on Thursday.</p><p>Senators Tracey Eide, a Democrat, and Curtis King, a Republican, co-chair the Senate transportation committee.</p><p>“I’m worried that if we don’t do it in December, I don’t know if we’re going to see it next session,” said Eide, D-Federal Way.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:14:07 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11214 at http://kplu.org Transpo Leaders: Window May Be Closing on Gas Tax Package In Olympia, Gas Tax Alliance Hits Rough Spot http://kplu.org/post/olympia-gas-tax-alliance-hits-rough-spot <p>Washington’s mostly-Republican Senate majority will formally unveil a proposed 12-year $12 billion transportation funding package Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p>The move comes as environmentalists warn the details of the plan threaten to doom ongoing negotiations for a gas tax package.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:02:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11185 at http://kplu.org Gas Tax Package Negotiations Continue in Olympia http://kplu.org/post/gas-tax-package-negotiations-continue-olympia <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers are negotiating a proposed gas tax package, a top priority of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the Boeing company as it decides where to site the </span>777X<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> assembly line.</span></p><p>Now that Boeing machinists have rejected a company contract offer, Washington will have to compete with other states to land the 777X. Inslee says approval of a transportation funding measure is essential to positioning the state well.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:59:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11127 at http://kplu.org Gas Tax Package Negotiations Continue in Olympia Backers of gas tax rally at Capitol http://kplu.org/post/backers-gas-tax-rally-capitol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pressure is mounting on Washington state lawmakers to approve a gas tax increase to fund road projects. Backers of the 10-cents-per-gallon tax proposal rallied at the state Capitol Monday to push for a vote during the current 30-day overtime session.</span></p><p>Dozens in hard hats gathered on the steps of the Capitol, holding signs and chanting: “Pass it now! Pass it now!”</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:11:40 +0000 Austin Jenkins 8833 at http://kplu.org Backers of gas tax rally at Capitol Bill calls for reports to lawmakers on costly WSDOT errors http://kplu.org/post/bill-calls-reports-lawmakers-costly-wsdot-errors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big mistakes made on the design and construction of pontoons for the new 520 floating bridge could lead to tougher reporting requirements for the Washington state Department of Transportation.</span></p><p>Lawmakers want more transparency and accountability when it comes to costly mistakes. Repairs to cracks in the new 520 pontoons, for example, are <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/4A835908-743D-436E-9AF7-87A57DBC3464/0/2013_0200_WSDOTPontoons_ERPReport2.pdf" target="_blank">expected to cost tens of millions </a>of dollars.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8047 at http://kplu.org Washington Gas Tax Increase Proposal Faces Bumpy Road http://kplu.org/post/washington-gas-tax-increase-proposal-faces-bumpy-road <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022013AJ_GasTax_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – A proposal to raise Washington’s gas tax by ten cents faces a bumpy road in Olympia. House Democrats rolled out the idea Wednesday as part of a $10 billion transportation funding package, but it faced immediate opposition.<p>The plan comes from House Transportation Chair Judy Clibborn. It would increase Washington’s gas tax two-cents per gallon per year for five years. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:54:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7840 at http://kplu.org Washington Gas Tax Increase Proposal Faces Bumpy Road