“GOP transportation package has limited support so far”
“The Senates Republican-dominated majority showed its cards Thursday, saying half of the 26-member group supports a proposal to raise the gas tax by 111/2 cents while also making changes in how transportation money is spent.”
“The 13 votes of support are contingent on such changes. Im only a yes if we have reform, said Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, who is new to publicly declaring her support. She acknowledged a gas-tax increase could be a tough vote to explain in her rural district in Pierce and Thurston counties but said shes heard from constituents who see the economic-development reasons for road projects,” quoting Jordan Schrader in the Tacoma News Tribune.