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Published on Friday, February 14, 2014

MCC releases new transportation proposal

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released a new transportation revenue proposal in a press conference on February 13. Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima) and other members of his caucus highlighted some provisions and expressed a desire to return to the negotiating table with House transportation leaders. (See below for links to more details on the MCC proposal).

The proposal designates $652 million in direct distribution over 12 years to cities and counties. An exception to this direct distribution is “the equivalent of half cent gas tax for the direct distribution to Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett, and the counties of King, Pierce, and Snohomish which have been directed to be used only for transit-related and other mobility.” In addition, the proposal includes AWC local transportation revenue options such as councilmanic authority to increase the Transportation Benefit District motor vehicle fee from $20 to $40, and a voter improved MVET of up to 1.5 percent for King County. Revenue from a 2012 bill that increased various transportation related fees continues to be allocated to the Transportation Improvement Board, but no additional funding is included for this program.

Within two hours of the MCC press conference, Senate and House Democrats expressed disappointment with the MCC proposal in their own press conference. It does not appear from these two press conferences that the parties are any closer to agreement.

Majority Coalition Caucus proposal – February 2014

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