The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Overnight

Lo48° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi62° Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo45° Showers Likely

Wednesday

Hi55° Showers

Wednesday Night

Lo46° Showers

Thursday

Hi60° Chance Rain

Thursday Night

Lo46° Chance Rain

Friday

Hi54° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo50° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi60° Chance Showers

To tax and build

Send to Kindle
Print This

Washington’s Senate caucus of fiscal conservatives and penny pinchers has proposed something if not out of character, against their natural grain enough to be bold — a phased 11.5-cent hike in the state gasoline tax, to finance $12.3 billion in highway projects. The proposal, to pay for 51 projects, is noticeably fatter than the package passed by the Democratic House last year, the package the Majority Coalition Caucus could not abide. The Senate coalition would raise the fuel tax a penny more and pay for $2.5 billion more projects.

The proposal is a notable step toward an eventual compromise that could produce the investments in transportation and infrastructure the state desperately needs. There is now universal recognition that investment financed by a higher tax on fuel is necessary for the state’s economic well-being, and that in itself is a move in the right direction.

View my optionsorSign in