Gregoire calls for $3.6B transportation package

AP, Olympia, Wash. – Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking the Legislature to pass a ”bold agenda” that includes a sales tax increase, school reforms and a $3.6 billion transportation package.

In her State of the State address Tuesday, Gregoire proposed a 10-year transportation package she says will create about 5,500 jobs a year to maintain roads across the state. Gregoire says she will ask the Legislature to pass a $1.50 fee on every barrel of oil produced in Washington.

AP, Olympia, Wash. – Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking the Legislature to pass a ”bold agenda” that includes a sales tax increase, school reforms and a $3.6 billion transportation package.

In her State of the State address Tuesday, Gregoire proposed a 10-year transportation package she says will create about 5,500 jobs a year to maintain roads across the state. Gregoire says she will ask the Legislature to pass a $1.50 fee on every barrel of oil produced in Washington.

Last month, a task force convened by Gregoire said the state needs to raise $21 billion over 10 years for projects on roads, bridges, ferries and other transportation needs. Gregoire mentioned that report in her speech but did not specifically call on the Legislature to raise that amount, or to send anything to the voters.

Gregoire also called on lawmakers to pass a measure to legalize same-sex marriage.

”Let’s all stand together to make it happen,” she said. ”Let’s tell the children of same-sex couples that their parents’ relationship is equal to all others in the state.”

Gregoire told lawmakers that her multi-tiered request of them is ”a bold agenda, and it involves risk and courage.”

”The future of our state is in our hands now,” she said. ”We have to do what is very hard, but do it we must, and together.”

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