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Senate declines to take up transportation bill

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Senate declines to take up transportation bill

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee is blaming Senate Republicans for not taking up a House-passed measure that would have increased Washington’s gasoline tax by ten-and-a-half cents a gallon.

The Legislature adjourned Saturday after the Senate declined to vote on the package, which also included provisions for agencies such as Metro and Pierce Transit to have taxing authority.

Inslee says “six months of dithering and inaction” by the GOP-controlled Senate prevented much-needed projects from being funded.

Senate leaders say they’ll work on developing a plan to fund transportation projects while changing the way the state transportation department spends money.