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  • Bend voters reject proposal to raise gas tax, improve roads

    Bend voters have rejected the city’s plan to raise gas tax to pay for road improvements.


  • Idaho lawmakers say new fee on hybrid cars a mistake, propose repeal

    Idaho lawmakers made a mistake last year when they slapped an extra $75 annual registration fee on hybrid vehicles. That was the consensus of the Senate Transportation Committee this afternoon, …


  • Sue Lani Madsen: Paying roads tax by the mile holds promise

    Would you be a winner or a loser if Washington shifted from taxing drivers per gallon to taxing per mile? City dwellers with short trips look like obvious winners. People …


  • Editorial: Congress gets moving on transportation, bank

    House passes long-overdue transportation package, with Ex-Im Bank hitching a ride.


  • Washington gas tax goes up Saturday

    Washington’s gasoline tax goes up 7 cents Saturday but your price at the pump won’t automatically jump by that amount at 12:01 a.m. It could go up that much or …


  • Transportation package goes into effect

    A package of transportation bills that includes an 11.9 cent gasoline tax increase and about $16 billion worth of projects around the state became law Wednesday. The first 7 cents …


  • Smart Bombs: Pledging to close minds

    Business interests lobbied heavily for a transportation package, but Sen. Michael Baumgartner was the lone Republican in the Spokane area to vote for the gas-tax increase that will finance it. …


  • Washington Legislature wraps up session

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature’s final day of the 2015 session went smoothly, in contrast to many of the 175 days that preceded it. The House moved swiftly to pass three …


  • $7.7 billion Washington transportation budget gets House OK

    OLYMPIA – The House approved a transportation budget Thursday that includes money to repave nearly 2,100 miles of state highway, repair up to 50 structurally deficient bridges and continue work …


  • Idaho House, Senate at ‘impasse’ over transportation funding

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers worked into the evening Wednesday, but agreement on transportation funding eluded them. This morning, appointees from the state House and Senate will gather in a rare …


  • Idaho Senate approves gas tax increase

    BOISE – Idaho senators passed a phased-in 10-cent increase in the gas tax Tuesday as part of a road funding plan that’s significantly higher than what the House approved earlier …


  • House Transportation Committee urged to raise gas tax, vehicle fees during hearing

    OLYMPIA – A steady stream of business leaders and local government officials urged a House panel to raise the gasoline tax and several other vehicle fees and spend the projected …


  • Gas tax increase passes Washington Senate

    OLYMPIA – A controversial package of higher taxes and fees which would raise gasoline taxes by 11.7 cents over three years passed the Senate Monday on a 27-22 vote. By …


  • Senate OKs shift in road project spending

    OLYMPIA – The Senate approved a controversial shift in spending for major road projects Friday but had to delay a vote on increasing the gasoline tax to settle a question …


  • Bipartisan agreement sends $15 billion state highway bill to Senate

    OLYMPIA – Bipartisan negotiations may have broken the Senate gridlock over how to fix problems with the state’s roads and bridges, generating a plan to spend nearly $15 billion over …


  • Editorial: State needs to act soon on gas tax increase

    When legislators debated a gas-tax increase at this time last year, the statewide average price per gallon was $3.32, according to AAA. On Wednesday, it was $2.15 statewide and $1.76 …


  • No conclusions on proposal to raise gas tax

    OLYMPIA – A proposal to raise the gasoline tax by 11.5 cents over three years and spend $12.3 billion on transportation projects and maintenance of existing structures generated four solid …


  • Public offers variety of strategies for meeting transportation costs

    Public testimony before state legislators in Spokane Valley Wednesday night offered contrasting views on how to fund and build Washington’s transportation system at a time when gas tax collections are …


  • Getting There: GOP offers alternative to hiking gas tax

    Failure this summer of a proposed 10.5-cent increase in Washington’s gas tax to fund big transportation projects such as the North Spokane Corridor has caused some state lawmakers to seek …


  • Batt chides Idaho for not raising gas tax

    BOISE – Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt on Thursday urged Idahoans to step up and fund road improvements, saying failure to raise the gas tax for nearly 20 years is …


  • GOP set to block higher gasoline tax

    OLYMPIA – Legislative Republicans say they will block any proposed gas tax increase or other new fees on vehicles until the state makes major reforms in the way it builds …


  • Plan calls for hike in Washington gas tax

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – House Democrats unveiled a transportation revenue package Wednesday that would raise $9.8 billion over the next decade with the help of a 10-cent bump in the gas …


  • Getting There: Second Avenue open for business

    There was plenty of reason to celebrate at Second Avenue and Browne Street last week. For the past two years, traffic on Second Avenue has been hampered by reconstruction work …


  • House panel won’t put gas tax hike on ballot this year

    OLYMPIA – Washington voters will not be asked to raise gas taxes or any other tax related to roads this fall. 2012, however, could be different. As they announced the …


  • As gasoline use drops, so does state revenue

    The trend toward lower gasoline consumption is like a flashing yellow light in the new 20-year plan from the Washington Transportation Commission. To improve or even maintain mobility in the …


  • Idaho roads need $543 million more

    BOISE – Idaho needs to spend $543 million more a year on its roads, Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation task force decided Tuesday, and the top ways it should raise the …


  • Allred ad touts disputed tax role

    BOISE – Another fight has erupted over the accuracy of 2010 campaign ads, with Republicans arguing that Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Keith Allred has no cause to boast about killing Gov. …


  • Gas tax debate rekindled in Idaho

    There’s good reason Washington license plates are such a common sight at Idaho gas stations near the state line – gas is just plain cheaper in Idaho. Among the reasons: …


  • Spokane Valley City Council discusses vehicle taxes

    The merits of forming a regional Transportation Benefit District to raise revenue for road construction received nearly an hour of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, but the …


  • Gas stations challenge Washington deal with tribes

    A statewide coalition of service stations has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Chris Gregoire, the Department of Licensing and the state to challenge fuel tax reimbursement agreements with regional American …


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