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Transportation plan passes

OLYMPIA – The state Legislature has passed an updated state transportation budget that lawmakers say will bankroll thousands of construction jobs.

The $8.5 billion transportation plan passed the Senate on a 37-11 vote Tuesday night and now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire for final approval.

The supplemental budget plan is about $1 billion more than last year’s biennial budget. The increase comes mostly from federal money the state will use to pay for large projects.

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