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Senate leaders propose 11.5 cent gas tax increase

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Senate leaders propose 11.5 cent gas tax increase

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Senate leaders are proposing a $12.3 billion transportation revenue package that includes a gas tax increase of 11.5 cents.

The proposal was put forth by Senate Transportation Committee co-chair, Sen. Curtis King, a Republican from Yakima, and is part of ongoing negotiations between the House and the Senate.

It includes no tolls on Interstate 90, pays for a new floating bridge on State Road 520 and puts money toward road projects across the state.

It also seeks to redirect sales tax money from transportation projects to a transportation fund instead of the general fund, and transfers money out of an environmental cleanup account.