WA House passes transportation budget

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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.