Washington transportation plans pit roads against public transit in budget battle

Washington Democrats want to get the state moving, but two transportation plans still on the table would put more commuters behind the wheel than on a bus.

The two plans stem from four spending packages introduced this session in the state legislature aimed at crossing a host of overdue infrastructure projects off the state’s to-do list.

The first, “Forward Washington,” comes from state Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens and would hike the state’s gas tax from 49.5 cents to 59.3 cents by July 1. The 9.8 cent increase would raise some $5.2 billion over the next 16 years, a substantial increase from the 6-cent
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