Transportation Leaders: Window May Be Closing On Gas Tax Package

By Austin Jenkins

Time is running out for Washington lawmakers to agree on a multi-billion dollar roads and transit package. If they don’t act soon, a vote could be delayed for another year. That’s the assessment of two key transportation leaders. 

Senators Tracey Eide , a Democrat, and Curtis King, a Republican, co-chair the Senate transportation committee. They spoke Thursday with our Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins on TVW’s “Inside Olympia” program.

Tracey Eide: “I’m worried that if we don’t do it in December, I don’t know if we’re going to see it next session.”
Austin Jenkins: “Why do you say that?”
Tracey Eide: “To be frank with you, it’s election year and I don’t know if Senator King could get votes out of his caucus.”
Curtis King: “I don’t know that either side wants to take this vote in a regular session. The longer it drags out the more and more complicated it’s going to become and my concern would be that then you end up with nothing and then we wait until 2015.”

The legislature meets in regular session in January. There has been talk of a special session before the year is out. Behind the scenes negotiations continue. But stumbling blocks remain.

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