- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee says lawmakers must take action on a transportation revenue package.

In his “State of the State” address Tuesday, Inslee said if no action is taken, dozens of bridges “will become structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.”

Lawmakers have struggled the past few years to reach agreement, with negotiations between House Democrats and Senate Republicans stalling. This year, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said a gas tax is needed, but Republicans are also pushing for reforms within the transportation system.

In his speech, Inslee said he welcomes suggestions for improvement but that “the state cannot accept a continued failure to move on transportation.”

Without action, he says, commute times will continue to rise and the state’s ability to move goods will be affected.


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