Transportation package to include increased gas tax | News
Gas prices have been on the rise for 33 straight days but that's not stopping some state lawmakers from proposing a gas-tax hike.
On Wednesday lawmakers will unveil a new transportation package and it will include a 10-cent a gallon, gas tax hike.
If you fill up once a week, this means you could be spending an extra�$100 dollars a year on the tax increase. The gas tax hike would be part of a $6-billion dollar plan to improve roads in the state.
"If the tax stays here and benefits us in Spokane, that's great. A�lot of times Spokane doesn't get all the revenue from a state tax, it goes to western Washington's projects," driver Joe Sammons said.
But not all drivers share Sammons' enthusiasm about the proposed tax.�
"It sucks because we still have to get gas, everybody already has to get gas," driver Caitlin Sutton said.
Passing the increase would require a two-thirds vote in the Washington House and Senate or would need to be passed by a vote of the people.
If this tax is approved, Washington would have the third highest gas tax in the nation when you combine state and federal taxes.