• Another state budget battle looming

    By: Henry Rosoff


    OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Budget battle in Washington is complete -- but another major fight is coming.

    Despite warnings from the Seattle business community and King County Executive Dow Constantine, the Washington State Senate adjourned the year's second special session without passing a much-demanded transportation budget.

    Republican Sen. Don Benton said the Democratic-led House transportation budget had too many problems to pass the Republican-led senate. He pointed to a purposed 10.5 cent gas tax increase to pay for large road and bridge projects.

    "There's just no way we're going to approve additional taxes increase the burden on the citizens of the state without having reforms on how the department does business," Benton said.

    Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee was frustrated with the move by Republicans when he addressed the media after the special session wrapped Saturday.

    "We have had a total failure of the Republican Party to pass a single transportation package after six months of dithering and inaction by the caucus," Inslee said.

    Republicans said they will be coming up with their own transportation plan in the Senate.

    Next Up: