The Capitol Record

No gas tax proposal in House transportation budget

The House Transportation Committee on Thursday released an $8.4 billion budget over the next two years for the state’s roads, bridges and ferries, but did not include any tax increases to fund new projects.

Last month, House Democrats proposed a $10 billion transportation package fueled by an increase in the gasoline tax and an increase on car tab fees. It’s unclear if or when that revenue package will be released, but there was no mention of the proposal in a statement released by committee chair Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) Thursday morning.

“This has been a bi-partisan effort to drive greater accountability and efficiency into our transportation system while fully funding our obligations for the next two years. We may have differences of opinion on individual projects but it has been a pleasure to come together to find common ground,” Clibborn said.

The plan maintains construction on major highway projects and two new ferries and assumes savings from the elimination of underused ferry runs, a 5 percent reduction in toll operations and staffing reductions. Take a look at the budget proposal here.

On Wednesday, the Senate Transportation Committee released what they termed an “bare bones” $8.7 billion transportation budget.

In a statement, ranking member Rep. Ed Orcutt (R-Kalama) praised the bi-partisan approach to the House budget proposal.

“We will continue to work to improve this budget, but a no new taxes budget is the right approach.”

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