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Tag: Brian Blake


House tries again, this time approves transportation funding

Two Democrats from rural districts reversed their votes today on a 10-1/2-cents-a-gallon increase in the gas tax to pay for road projects — giving supporters enough votes to pass it through the state House.

The vote came just a day after the exact same measure failed by one vote. But after Rep. Brian Blake of Aberdeen and Rep. Kevin Van De Wege of Sequim joined supporters, the bill passed by a 51-to-41 margin.

“It was kind of depressing yesterday, I have to admit,” said the plan’s author, Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island, who insisted she did not promise anything to get the votes. ”It was just

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