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Jay Inslee

Legislature passes $16.1 billion transportation revenue bill

A $16.1 billion transportation revenue bill that includes an 11.9-cent increase in the gas tax over the next two years passed the Legislature early Wednesday, though the House still must approve key accompanying bills. A dispute between Senate Democrats and Republicans over unrelated bills led to a hourslong overnight delay in the vote. Senators returned to the floor around dawn to vote on changes made in the House, passing the bipartisan compromise revenue bill on a 37-8 vote and sending it to the governor. To complete the package, the House still needs to pass a Senate-approved bonding bill and spending bill, which designates the money to specific projects. Republican Sen. Curtis...