WA Legislature passes transportation budget



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Legislature has passed a supplemental transportation budget with $57 million in new spending paid for by increased fees for drivers.

House Bill 2190 passed 85-13 Thursday night in the House after earlier passing the Senate and goes next to the governor for consideration.

The bill includes $9.5 million for the State Patrol over the next year, including money for an extra class of 21 cadets and for fighting auto theft.

It provides $9 million in aid to regional and local transit agencies, $8 million in preliminary spending on highway projects and $7 million for fuel for the ferry system.

The new money in the two-year, $9.8 billion budget approved last year is a far cry from the $3.6 billion increase in transportation funding over the next decade that the governor called for in January.