Jonathan Martin writes in the Seattle Times that the Senate may be ready to unveil a transportation plan.
As of this week, negotiators in the Senate have general agreement on an 11.5-cent-per-gallon gas-tax increase that would fund a multibillion-dollar investment.
I don’t like higher gas prices any more than anyone else, but the payoff is worth it — and the time is now, with rock-bottom gas prices. Highway 520 could be finished and bottlenecks on Interstate 5 and Interstate 405 could be cleared. Authorization for a Sound Transit 3 package — potentially extending lines to Everett, Redmond and Federal Way — is also in the agreement.
He notes the numerous obstacles that have blocked agreements in the past: disputes over the role of transit, construction reforms and Gov. Inslee’s efforts to impose a low carbon fuel standard by executive order. Martin sees this year’s negotiations as being a test for the governor.