A group of Democratic state lawmakers plans to unveil a transportation package Wednesday that includes a 10-cent gas-tax increase, the Associated Press reports.
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According to the AP, the effort is being led by Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), who chairs the House Transportation Committee. Washington's gas tax is currently 37.5 cents per gallon—one of the highest rates in the U.S.
The proposal comes after several King County officials asked the state to implement an eight-cent incease, which they say is needed to maintain the region's roadways and meet a growing demand for public transportation.
As the AP points out, the legislation is likely to receive stiff resistance in the Senate, currently under the control of a GOP coalition that includes majority leader Rodney Tom (D-Bellevue).
State officials have also said they are exploring a pay-by-the-mile transportation tax, but such a plan—if approved—would take several years to implement.
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