House Democrats Adjust Transportation Package

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state House Democrats have unveiled a slimmed-down transportation revenue package that includes $450 million for the embattled Columbia River Crossing project.   Put forward on Tuesday, the plan would raise $8.4 billion over 12 years.

By contrast, the plan House Democrats unveiled in February called for $9.8 billion over 10 years.   The package still includes a proposed 10-cent hike in the gas tax. Gone are proposed tax increases on hazardous substances and new bike purchases of over $500.   

The proposal keeps funding for improvements to Interstate 405, the North Spokane Corridor, and connecting State Route 167 and State Route 509 to Interstate 5.