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Feb 07, 2012 18:09
Category: General News

Wash. Lawmakers Push Driving-Related Fee Hikes

     OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state lawmakers are pressing
ahead with a series of mostly driving-related fee increases to
raise money for road repairs and other transportation needs.
     The fee increases, which include an 80 percent hike for driver's
licenses, passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee Monday.
They would raise an estimated $52 million next year and an average
of $80 million each year over the next decade.
     The money is a fraction of the $3.6 billion in transportation
funds that Gov. Chris Gregoire had sought to secure over the next
decade. The centerpiece of her plan was a $1.50 fee per barrel of
oil refined in the state.
     The barrel fee was declared dead last week by Senate leaders,
though a stripped-down barrel fee remains alive in the House.