WA House passes transportation budget
Saturday, March 3, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state House has passed a transportation budget that would secure more than $50 million over the next year for immediate transportation needs.
The measure passed Saturday is a far cry from the governor's call in January for $3.6 billion in new transportation funds over the next decade.
The bill, HB 6455, passed largely along partisan lines, with most Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.
In addition to a $100 annual fee for electric car owners, the proposed budget would implement and raise a series of other driving-related fees.
A $20 fee would be applied to original license plates, the fee for a title application would increase from $5 to $15 and car dealer license fees would increase by nearly 25 percent.
The measure goes next to the Senate, which is expected to reduce some of the fee increases.