Democratic senator offers new transportation plan

Staff writerMarch 8, 2014 

Rush hour traffic rolls north on Interstate 5 near the McChord Air Force Base on Wednesday, March 28, 2007. (Tony Overman/The Olympian)

Attempting to break a deadlock over a transportation tax plan, Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens introduced his own version of a compromise Friday.

Hobbs' plan would raise $12 billion for transportation projects by raising the gas tax by 11.75 cents per gallon, The Everett Herald reports.

The plan strikes a middle ground between House Democrats' plan and the one released by the Republican-dominated Senate majority. It includes more money for mass transit, something Democrats have wanted, but also would direct sales tax revenue from transportation projects back into the transportation budget -- something Republicans have pushed and Democrats have balked at.

Hobbs, a Democrat, said in an email that he "crafted this plan to show that the potential for compromise exists on all sides," reports the Herald's Jerry Cornfield.

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