WA House passes supplemental transportation budget

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state House has passed a supplemental transportation budget with $57 million in new spending over the next year on freeway projects, transit, the state patrol and the ferry system.

The new money in the budget relies on fees on drivers that have passed the House but await action in the Senate.

The budget includes $9.5 million for the state patrol to fight car theft and update its technology, $9 million to help cash-strapped local and regional transit agencies, $8 million for highway projects and $7 million for fuel for the ferry system.

The budget goes to the Senate, which has proposed a more modest fee package.

Lawmakers said a much larger infusion of funds is necessary to meet the state's pressing transportation needs.