Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee continues to express hope that the Legislature may approve a gas-tax hike that would allow billions in new transportation spending throughout the state.
But as lawmakers convene Monday for a 60-day session, a Senate transportation leader says there are many complicated factors involved in working out a final deal, writes KPLU correspondent Austin Jenkins.
Jenkins writes that election year politics could make it harder for lawmakers to approve a 11.5 cent increase in the state gas tax. Furthermore, lawmakers have already gone through 12 closed-door negotiating sessions without reaching a deal.