Wash. state House Democrats introduce transportation revenue plan

Washington state House Democrats released a new plan for transportation revenue and investment on Monday, which makes changes to the proposal they passed two years ago and sets up a new round of negotiations with the Senate.

“A robust, modern transportation system is critical to our economy and our quality of life here in Washington,” Transportation Chair Judy Clibborn said. “This package will create jobs, combat traffic congestion and connect the communities of our state together.”

The proposal consists of two new elements that were not included in the previously passed legislation, including the authorization of a new funding authority for Sound Transit, as well as a reserve account to pay for unexpected future needs.

“This is a 16-year package; we can’t predict every project or repair that might be necessary over that time,” Rep. Marcus Riccelli said. “By using savings from implementing new project design standards, the transportation future fund gives us the flexibility to address new needs and opportunities as they arise.”

Unlike the Senate, House leaders say there were no discrepancies between their transportation revenue proposal and their operating budget.

“The Senate wants to divert sales tax revenue to pay for transportation, but they also count on it to pay for school,” House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan said. “Double counting money may work for the Senate, but it doesn’t pencil out for our kids. Not only does this package have the right values, it has the right math.”

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