Gov. Chris Gregoire is signing the transportation budget and a series of other bills today, including the measure that takes another step toward implementing the federal Affordable Care Act — even as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to decide whether to uphold it, strike it down, or something in between.
The volume of bills Gregoire considering for signing could be a sign that budget talks are progressing. She is still holding out a veto threat on the remaining bills if lawmakers don’t get their act together.
One of the bills offers a tax break to a Federal Way nonprofit, but most of the rest deal with transportation, including a series of revenue measures — notably raising the cost of a drivers license and license plates, putting a new fee on electric cars and authorizing tolls on the Alaskan Way Viaduct.