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Transportation taxes go down to rare failure on House floor

The number of “yes” votes on the House voting screen ticked upward, then hovered at 49 for a long and dramatic few seconds — but couldn’t get to 50 and the majority needed to pass.

And with that, a transportation revenue package whose centerpiece is a 10.5 cent gas tax increase fell short, a rare defeat on the House floor, where vote counts usually keep doomed proposals from even showing up.

Backers of road projects, mass transit and ferries had taken a leap of faith only to fall short.

One of the supporters, Rep. Marko Liias,

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Rep. Hans Zeiger: Fast-track replacement of deficient bridges, skip environmental study

While the bridge that fell into the Skagit River last month was not deemed “structurally deficient,” the collapse is drawing attention to the 135 state bridges that are in that more serious category.

The latest response in the Legislature is from Rep. Hans Zeiger, a Puyallup Republican, and a bipartisan group of legislators. They introduced a bill today to fast-track the repair or replacement of deficient bridges.

“Structurally deficient” simply means that a bridge is in need of repair or replacement.

For those bridges, transportation officials would be allowed to skip some of the steps in the bidding process, as

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Gov. Inslee signs bill to limit where groups of released inmates can live using state money

Cities, towns and counties will soon have more input on where groups of released inmates can live when the state is paying their rent.

Gov.  Jay Inslee signed a measure into law Thursday that would prevent two or more ex-inmates who are using state-issued rental vouchers from sharing an apartment, unless they are renting housing that is on an approved list.

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) will be required to notify local jurisdictions when a property within their boundaries is added to the approved rental-voucher housing list, and allow local officials to submit a statement discussing whether the neighborhood

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Committee endorses aid for veterans, military spouses

A series of efforts aimed at helping veterans and military families won unanimous backing today from a task force of state lawmakers.

The ideas endorsed by the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs could be considered by the Legislature in the ongoing emergency budget session but are more likely to wait until January. They include:

  • An expedited process for professional licensing of military spouses. Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, said his proposal would apply to wives and husbands who are licensed in another state and are transferred to Washington. They would get a temporary license and a quicker

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Dammeier, Zeiger to hold town hall meeting

Two Republican state lawmakers from the 25th Legislative District, Reps. Bruce Dammeier and Hans Zeiger, will hear questions and comments from the public Saturday in Puyallup.

The town hall meeting is 10 a.m. to noon at the Puyallup Public Library.

The 25th District includes all or parts of Puyallup, Edgewood, Milton, Fife, Midland and Summit.

Dammeier will also hold telephone town hall meeting tonight


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Senate, House inch toward each other on debt limit

For a while now, the Senate and House have been arguing about whether the state debt ceiling should stay the same — 9 percent of state revenue — or be lowered to 7 percent.

Now they’re inching toward each other.

Senators are offering 7.25 percent and agreeing to let the rate fall more gradually over many years; House members offer 8.5 percent as the rate to be enshrined in the state constitution and propose a more informal rate of 8 percent.

Rep. Hans Dunshee‘s proposal, the 8 percent lid that could be adjusted over time, passed the House Capital Budget Committee today on a 6-5 vote that broke across party lines.

GOP Reps. Hans Zeiger of Edgewood and Norma Smith of Coupeville said it didn’t go far enough to reduce unsustainable levels of debt. Attacking it from the other end of the spectrum, Rep. Kristine Lytton of Anacortes  said lawmakers’ hands shouldn’t be tied in tough economic times, and her fellow Democrats Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma and Steve Tharinger of Sequim said they don’t think state debt levels are such a big problem. Read more »


Budget would fund Puyallup River bridge replacement

The House transportation budget released today would accelerate plans for tearing down and replacing the deteriorating 1925-built bridge that crosses the Puyallup River on northbound state Route 167.

Design work for the bridge replacement had been scheduled to wait until 2014, but lawmakers called for diverting $2.7 million in federal money from other projects to the bridge in the next two-year budget period.

The Department of Transportation moved up the project on its priority list after a recent inspection showed wear on the bridge’s floor beams. The inspection prompted WSDOT to restrict trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds to

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