Wash. lawmakers negotiate transportation package

November 21, 2013 • Business

A large crowd sits in a state Senate hearing room during a work session on a proposed transportation package, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Olympia, Wash. The proposed $12.3 billion plan includes an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As lawmakers continue to work on reaching an agreement on a transportation package, a Senate panel Thursday held a public hearing on a $12.3 billion proposal that includes an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase and puts money toward road projects across the state.

More than 100 people packed a conference room, as well as an overflow room, for the Senate Transportation Committee’s public work session.

Committee co-chair Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, said the proposal was “based upon the idea that we can no Login to read more

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