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WA Lege Day 93: Transportation budget in House

OLYMPIA -- The House is planning to vote on the 2013-15 Transportation Budget this morning.

OK, so maybe you've heard that before. Like as recently as yesterday.

They didn't get to that or the Capital Budget on Monday, but we're assured they will do the transportation package this morning.

That's a plan for continuing the projects the state has. A new plan was released this morning to build more projects, do more maintenance and add to the current state of the state's transportation systerm. It's an $8.4 billion plan, a revision on the $10 billion plan announced about two months ago; it still has a phased-in gas tax of 10 cents total over 10 years, although it's broken up as 5 cents, 2 cents, 2 cents and 1 cent in two-year increments. There's no bicycle tax and no hazardous substance tax.

Elsewhere, Gov. Jay Inslee and a group of legislators have a press conference at 2 p.m. to announce tougher laws against drunk driving.

The Capitol Campus around the Tivoli Fountain is festooned with hundreds of pinwheels set up by the Department of Early Learning, creating sparkles on the lawn whenever we get so much as a light breeze.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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