No deal yet on transportation taxes

Staff writerDecember 4, 2013 

A gas-tax increase to fund transportation projects remains elusive at the state Capitol, but talks continue.

Negotiators from the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee's office met twice this week and plan to meet again next Monday at 10 a.m., said Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama.

Lawmakers are trading offers. Rep. Marko Liias of Edmonds said his fellow Democrats made an offer Monday, Republicans countered Tuesday and Democrats plan to bring a new proposal next Monday.

Three big sticking points remain, House Transportation Chairwoman Judy Clibborn said: mass-transit funding; how to deal with sales-tax proceeds from transportation projects; and the spending of taxes earmarked for toxic cleanup.

Democrats want a transportation package approved this month. The mostly Republican majority in the Senate sees less hurry ahead of lawmakers' scheduled return in January.

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