transportation package http://www.kplu.org en Constantine Announces Tax Proposal To Avoid Major Bus Cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/constantine-announces-tax-proposal-avoid-major-bus-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County is through waiting on Olympia.</span></p><p>The county is moving forward with its own measure to avoid major service cuts to Metro Transit, King County Executive Dow Constantine said on Tuesday.</p><p>“We waited and we waited, and now time is up,” Constantine said. “We are out of time for a statewide bill that includes a local transportation solution. It is time to move forward.”</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:27:04 +0000 Martha Kang & Gabriel Spitzer 12587 at http://www.kplu.org Constantine Announces Tax Proposal To Avoid Major Bus Cuts Inslee’s Optimism May Not Be Enough For Gas Tax Package http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-s-optimism-may-not-be-enough-gas-tax-package <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. &nbsp;Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he will continue to push for a gas tax package in the 60-day session that starts Monday. But a key transportation leader in the State Senate signaled last Thursday that prospects for a deal may be dimming.</span></p><p>Nearly a decade has passed since the last gas tax increase passed in Washington. Now leaders on both sides of the aisle agree another multi-billion dollar roads and transit package is needed.</p><p>But the details are the topic of heated debate in the state Capitol. A dozen negotiating sessions this fall ended with promises to resume talks this month.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 12444 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee’s Optimism May Not Be Enough For Gas Tax Package No Deal On Gas Tax Package, Talks To Resume In January http://www.kplu.org/post/no-deal-gas-tax-package-talks-resume-january <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inslee’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hopes for a gas tax package agreement before the end of the year have been dashed. The Democrat announced &nbsp;Wednesday evening that with no deal at hand, talks are over for now, but will resume in January.</span></p><p>Inslee made his announcement flanked by House and Senate transportation leaders. It follows a dozen negotiating sessions in recent weeks. Among the roadblocks to agreement:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a dispute over whether to put sales tax proceeds from transportation projects back into transportation instead of the state’s general fund.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:53:25 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11872 at http://www.kplu.org No Deal On Gas Tax Package, Talks To Resume In January Frosty Politics on Display at Wash. State Capitol http://www.kplu.org/post/frosty-politics-display-wash-state-capitol <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like the weather, political relations in the Washington state Capitol have taken a frosty turn.</span></p><p>With split control of the Legislature, grueling negotiations have become the norm, first on the budget earlier this year and now on transportation funding. And the partisan divide cuts against a refrain you hear a lot in Olympia: “We’re not Washington, D.C.”</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:39:17 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11531 at http://www.kplu.org Frosty Politics on Display at Wash. State Capitol Transpo Leaders: Window May Be Closing on Gas Tax Package http://www.kplu.org/post/transpo-leaders-window-may-be-closing-gas-tax-package <p>Time is running out for Washington lawmakers to agree on a multi-billion dollar roads and transit package. If they&nbsp;don’t act soon, a vote could be delayed for another year, said two key transportation leaders on Thursday.</p><p>Senators Tracey Eide, a Democrat, and Curtis King, a Republican, co-chair the Senate transportation committee.</p><p>“I’m worried that if we don’t do it in December, I don’t know if we’re going to see it next session,” said Eide, D-Federal Way.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:14:07 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11214 at http://www.kplu.org Transpo Leaders: Window May Be Closing on Gas Tax Package Constantine: Time Running Out for State to Save Metro Services http://www.kplu.org/post/constantine-time-running-out-state-save-metro-services <p>King County will take its own measures to save Metro Transit services if the state Legislature fails to pass a transportation package in time, said King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday.</p><p>“Let me be clear: this is not our first choice,” Constantine said of taking local measures.</p><p>But time is running out for state lawmakers to act, he said; the Legislature on Thursday missed its target day to take up a statewide transportation package.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's not happening," Constantine said.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:42:13 +0000 Martha Kang 11202 at http://www.kplu.org Constantine: Time Running Out for State to Save Metro Services Governor, Lawmakers Meet on Transportation http://www.kplu.org/post/governor-lawmakers-meet-transportation-0 <p>Gov. Jay Inslee has said he wants a transportation funding package on his desk by the Apple Cup at the end of November. Key lawmakers met with the Democratic governor Wednesday on this topic.</p><p>Afterward, Sen. Tracey Eide, co-chair of the Senate Tranportation Committee, was noncommittal when asked whether there will be a special session of the Legislature in November.</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:10:40 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10737 at http://www.kplu.org