House transportation budget pares ferry cuts

A few weeks before the overall operating budget comes out, the House Transportation committee rolled out its proposal for the coming biennium. The plan includes fewer cuts to the Washington State Ferries than were initially proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire, but funding for transportation is still hurting by declining gas tax revenue as fuel efficiency increases. Lawmakers admitted to “patching it through;” this budget is a bridge to get the state to 2013.

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