transportation

Idaho Tax Bill
4:40 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Increase, Adjourn Session

Idaho's gas tax is set to increase by 7 cents per gallon.
Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 8:28 am

Idaho’s gas tax is set to go up 7 cents per gallon under a bill now awaiting the governor’s signature.

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Gas Tax
3:55 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Gas Tax Package Still Alive As Washington Lawmakers Hit Homestretch

FIle photo of highway construction on Interstate 5 in Tacoma, Washington.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:03 pm

The push to raise the gas tax by nearly 12 cents per gallon gas is still alive in the Washington legislature. But time is running out.

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Idaho Tax Bill
5:16 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Idaho Legislature Nears Gas Tax Deal, Adjournment

The Idaho House and Senate have reached a tentative agreement on raising the state's gas tax.
JSquish Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:12 pm

Idaho’s gas tax could go up 7 cents per gallon under a proposed deal between the House and Senate.

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Electric Vehicle Parking
4:39 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Want To Ban Gas Vehicles From Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

An electric vehicle is charging up outside of the Oregon capitol.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 4:07 pm

We know it's illegal to park in a disabled parking spot if you don't have a permit. Now, some Oregon lawmakers want to make it a costly infraction to take a spot reserved for electric vehicles.

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Railroad Worker Safety
3:15 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Railroad Workers Lose In Washington Legislature For Third Time

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber.
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 10:25 am

For the third year in a row, railroad workers in Washington have been dealt a defeat in the legislature.

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Distracted Driving
3:15 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Ban On Holding A Cell Phone And Driving Dies In Washington House

A bill that would have made it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving has died in the Washington House.
Intel Free Press Flickr

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 2:56 pm

A proposal to make it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving has died in the Washington House. The measure failed to get a vote before a key deadline Tuesday.

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Ridesharing Bill
5:58 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Bill To Require Rideshare Companies To Carry Insurance

Rideshare services and taxi companies in Washington would have to carry liability insurance under a bill heard Tuesday.
Credit Gero Breloer / Associated Press

Drivers for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft would have to carry liability insurance under a bill heard Tuesday in the Washington state House.

It’s the latest compromise in a months-long negotiation between state leaders, rideshare services and taxi companies.

State Senator Cyrus Habib first sponsored a bill to create an entire framework to regulate the companies – but that proved hard to move past other lawmakers. The Kirkland Democrat said the new version of his bill focuses on requiring insurance, which he said is the most important issue.

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Transportation
4:42 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Transportation Funding Fight Looms In Washington Legislature

Brianhe Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 3:46 pm

The Washington legislature convenes next Monday for a 105-day session. Transportation funding is one of the top agenda items.

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Gas
4:14 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Gas Prices Dip Below $2 At Some Northwest Stations

The Warpath gas station in Plummer, Idaho, has some of the cheapest gas west of the Rockies.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 4:11 pm

According to AAA, the last three months have been the longest stretch of declining gas prices they’ve ever recorded in the U.S.

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Transportation
5:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Governor Inslee Unveils Transportation Plan

Govenor Jay Inslee unveiled his transportation plan Tuesday. His $12 billion proposal calls for a list of safety fixes. The fixes include old bridges that are at risk of becoming structurally deficient. The package also includes nearly $6 billion for new construction projects. To help pay for them, Inslee is proposing to charge the state’s major polluters.

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