Senate passes gas tax plan: What’s next?

March 3, 2015 at 10:32 am

State senators pass a $15 billion transportation plan, funding projects from 520 to 405 to Spokane’ North-South Freeway with a 11.7 cent hike in the gas tax. But not everyone’s on board with what’s included in the package.

  • Now, the Republican-controlled Senate sends its transportation package over to the Democratically-controlled House.  Crosscut’s John Stang analyzes what could be next.
  • Just before the gas tax vote, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, who presides over the Senate, issues a controversial decision throwing out the Republican-backed rule that any new tax requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate.  Owen, a Democrat, calls the rule unconstitutional.

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