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By Cameron Sheppard
WNPA Olympia Bureau 

Senators balance transportation budget despite revenue shortfall caused by I-976

Lawmakers warn that new revenue streams will be necessary for future sustainability


Last updated 3/4/2020 at 1:34pm

Legislators found a way to balance the state's transportation budget, despite the $30 car tab fee.

Facing a shortfall of $450 million, lawmakers last week patched together a budget to fund highway maintenance, the Washington State Patrol and other transportation projects.

The Senate Transportation Committee developed a proposed transportation budget that would maintain short-term stability following the revenue shortfall caused by the passage of I-976 - the $30 car tab initiative.

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, said assembling this budget through the revenue crisis required more bipartisan cooperation than in most years. He said the committee prioritized allocations to protect the mos...

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