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Originally published Monday, April 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

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Wash. House panel OKs transportation funding plan

A transportation revenue package funded largely by a 10-cent increase in the state's gas tax has advanced from the House Transportation Committee.

Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

A transportation revenue package funded largely by a 10-cent increase in the state's gas tax has advanced from the House Transportation Committee.

The $8.4 billion package, passed by the committee Monday, would fund several large projects. Included are linking State Route 167 and State Route 509 to Interstate 5, the North Spokane Corridor and a replacement for the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.

The revenue package was passed on a party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. It heads next to the Rules Committee. If it makes it out of the Democratic-controlled House, the bill faces an uphill battle in the Republican-dominated Senate.

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