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News AASHTO Journal May 09, 2001
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Washington Governor Gary Locke has proposed a 10-year, $17

Washington Governor Gary Locke has proposed a 10-year, $17.2 billion tax plan for transportation improvements that would raise the state's gas tax by 7 cents per gallon.

Locke's plan also calls for a new 2% excise tax on vehicle sales and a 50% increase in fees levied on commercial vehicles. The gas tax increase would phase in over two years, bringing Washington's total gasoline tax to 30 cents per gallon.

The plan is dependent upon local voters approving $8 billion worth of projects and other taxes to help pay for some of the state's megaprojects, such as major improvements to interstates and a new bridge over Lake Washington.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the plan focuses on road construction, but mass transit improvement also is a priority. A portion of the new revenue has been earmarked for special needs transportation.

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