The state House passed a $7.7 billion transportation budget off the floor Thursday which funds ongoing transportation projects. House Transportation Chair Rep. Judy Clibborn said the budget “may not have everything we want in it, but it continues our promises” made by the state.
Members first debated an amendment that would have removed $17 million in the transportation budget for transit mitigation tied to the Alaskan Way Viaduct project in Seattle being dug by the troubled Bertha tunnel boring machine. Supporters of the amendment say the city of Seattle should bear the cost, but opponents argued it would hurt low-income residents who rely on transit to get to work. The amendment failed.
Watch highlights from the floor debate on this 15-minute edition of “Legislative Review.”