Washington state lawmakers won’t be passing a massive transportation package this legislative session.
But they are closing in on approving a major carbon emission reduction program — though it could be contingent on boosting the gas tax to pay for future highway improvements.
A retooled cap-and-trade proposal emerged in the House early April 23 that ties the start of the long-sought program with enactment of a nickel increase in the gas tax.
This linkage is one of several changes contained in a sweeping amendment to Senate Bill 5126, also known as the Climate Commitment Act, which aims to cap emissions from the state’s largest polluters. As designed, it would
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