Washington state Democrats, GOP pave way for gas tax fight on long road to transportation budget

Four transportation budget proposals in the Washington Legislature would mean an increase in how much Washington drivers pay at the pump.

Washington drivers pay the fourth-highest gas tax in the nation at 49.4 cents per gallon, and a proposal from state Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, would shoot that number up 18 cents to the highest state gas tax phased over two years.

The steep increase is part of Fey’s $27 billion transportation proposal putting $5 billion towards road maintenance and $2 billion for federally-mandated fish culverts over 16 years.

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