Inslee uses I-5 bridge collapse in WA to push gas tax hike

By   /   May 28, 2013  /   1 Comment

SKAGIT BRIDGE: The I-5 bridge in Washington over the Skagit River collapsed last week, sending cars and people into the river.

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is once again calling for an increase in the state’s gas tax, already the ninth highest in the country at 37.5 cents per gallon.

But this time he’s using the I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash. to make his case.

Media outlets reported Monday that Inslee and a group of lawmakers are calling for a 10-cent hike in the gas tax. Inslee has been pushing for an increase to the tax to support an $8.7 billion transportation budget, which does not include funding for the controversial Columbia River Crossing. Lawmakers are in Olympia for a special session to figure out a budget deal for the state.

A portion of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit collapsed when an overloaded truck hit it, sending cars and people into the river. Everyone survived the incident.

Inslee estimates the damage at $15 million but is only getting $1 million from the federal government, the Associated Press reports. For more information on the bridge collapse, the cost, the impact to the local community and a video of the collapse, click here.

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  • Jeff lykken

    We need funding for i405 from Renton to Bellevue. Widen our freeway