Gas tax going up Aug. 1, as Inslee signs $16 billion transportation package

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SEATTLE (AP) — With the State Route 520 Bridge construction behind him, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed the bills making up a $16 billion transportation package at the University of Washington.

The package, which includes an 11.9 cent gas tax hike over the next two years, provides money for projects and maintenance across the state.

The gas tax will go up in two stages: a 7-cent increase on Aug. 1, and a 4.9-cent increase on July 1, 2016.

The plan spends $8.8 billion on state and local road projects and $1.4 billion on maintenance and preservation. An additional $1.3 billion will go to non-highway projects, such as bike paths, pedestrian walkways and transit. It also will allow Sound Transit to ask voters to pay for potential expansions of its rail line.

The bipartisan package took nearly three years to negotiate. The governor estimated it would create about 200,000 jobs.

The governor did not veto language on a low-carbon fuel standard, even though he disagreed with that section, because he said the overall package was too important to veto.

But he did veto a small provision concerning beaver dams that pose a threat to highways.

 

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19 comments

  • VoiceOfReason

    I’m happy to pay taxes for the privilege of living this great country and state but the need to be accountable for how they spend. Its a free for all and they just raise taxes to compensate.

  • Trev

    should be taxed at a local level. Why are some of us who don’t even visit the citys who this revenue is going toward being taxed the same? Stand up people.

  • Jeff S.

    So the President made a deal to get our gas to go down with Iran and Inslee is making it go back up? What is going on with the money they make for the temporary tolls for the Tacoma Narrows bridge going that they so happen to raise the price again (huh Temporary) . And also the tax money made from the legal Marijuana profits? Some one please give us people some logical answers… you know the ones you are hiding from us..

    • John Titus

      They are making record tax revenue and are providing the same crappy service to the citizens as always. But it’s never enough for Democrats. That money disappears and then you will find out a year from now how it was wasted on some moronic idea from our moronic governor. It’s a shame the house caved in.. The Republicans in this state are not our friends either.

  • The World is Ending

    He is a liberal he has one and only one solution for any and all issues is to raise taxes, he can’t even comprehend anything else, and if he even thought about a solution that didn’t involve raising taxes his head would probably implode.

  • "peety"

    thankfully the Iran deal is expected to lower gas prices so hopefully we won’t notice. Congrats to the South End, the big winner with the 167 funding. Not my neighborhood, but well deserved.

    • tootietuttle

      do you have ‘facts” to back up that nonsensical statement? LOL Your going to get that unicorn to visit you someday…

        • Jispher Askine

          Your the king of cut and paste, a dilutional entitlelitist, what’s your mom fixing for lunch some more pizza rolls.

        • John Titus

          None of that is fact. They say “should” but they say..

          “The average gas price at U.S. stations is now $2.78 for a gallon of regular, according to AAA. Gas prices had fallen below $2 at most U.S. gas stations this past winter. ”

          In WA state you won’t find that price anywhere. All involved with delivery fuel to drivers know how to scam and rig the system to keep prices up. I will bet my life savings WA will NEVER see $2 gas. NEVER. You live in a Democrat state, they see prices drop and their greed kicks in and they inflate it. Just like this scam of the deal for drivers on this tax.

  • John Titus

    Just look at 167. Gas tax increase after increase and that road is CRIMINAL. Now oh, this magic increase will fix it, in 20 years. Betrayed by both sides here! We have one of the highest gas prices in the nation as well as the worst roads/congestion and now you are going to fleece drivers for decades of bad management and government.

    WA citizens never had a single bit of input into this but they elect cesspool Democrat politicians who relish in the fact they can take more money from families. They claim they care about the poor but then stick it to them with a gas tax as they try to get to their welfare wage paying job.

  • RashadFRamirez

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