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As 520 bridge problems mount, Republicans throw cold water on transportation tax increase


Problems with pontoons being built to hold up the new State Route 520 floating bridge, and estimates that the state errors will cost tens of millions of dollars to fix, are driving fresh worries among legislative Republicans about raising transportation taxes.

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, though, says the state should “fix it and move on.”

House Democrats are calling for nearly $10 billion in new taxes, but the Democratic caucuses won’t be able to pass them without help from the other side. And both House Republicans and the GOP-dominated coalition in the Senate told reporters today they would demand

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Expansions of movie tax break advance

House and Senate committees today unanimously approved renewing the tax credit for movie and TV production in Washington.

What’s more, both panels agreed to enlarge the $3.5-million-per-year credit, though not by as much as had originally been proposed by the committees’ chairwomen, Seattle Democrats Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney.

The House bill would phase in an expansion of the credit to $5.5 million a year, starting with $4 million this year. The Senate bill would go farther, increasing the credit right away to $5 million and phasing in an expansion to $8 million.

“We want TV shows. We

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