fee increase http://www.kplu.org en Dems seek higher transportation fees to help balance budget http://www.kplu.org/post/dems-seek-higher-transportation-fees-help-balance-budget <p><strong>An Olympia budget problem:</strong></p><ul><li>Washington&#39;s roads need repair and improvements.</li><li>Gas tax revenues are way down because people are driving less and driving more fuel-efficient cars.</li><li>State voters have made it clear they don&#39;t want higher taxes.</li></ul><p><strong>What&#39;s a lawmaker to do?</strong></p><p>Democratic budget writers in the Legislature hoping to plug a $5 billion deficit are proposing to raise a slew of fees on everything from getting a drivers license to riding a ferry.&nbsp;</p><p>They say they&#39;re just trying to bring fees -- many of which haven&#39;t been raised in years -- in line with current costs. But skeptical Republicans are cool to the proposal.</p><p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:03:46 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1182 at http://www.kplu.org Dems seek higher transportation fees to help balance budget