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Washington Gov. Inslee Responds To Proposed Oregon Tolls


In this June 30, 2017, file photo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, listens as he meets with staff members in his office as they review the state operating budget passed by the Legislature earlier in the day at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington.

In this June 30, 2017, file photo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, listens as he meets with staff members in his office as they review the state operating budget passed by the Legislature earlier in the day at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington.

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At the behest of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, Gov. Jay Inslee has assured Washington legislators that the Evergreen State will have a seat at the table when Oregon begins discussing tolls. Herrera Beutler has led the charge against tolling Interstates 5 and 205, a potential revenue stream as outlined in Oregon’s $5.3 billion transportation plan.

Herrera Beutler proposed an amendment to a federal spending package that would prevent funds from the bill being used to either establish or collect tolls on I-5 or I-205. That amendment passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now sits before the U.S. Senate.

Herrera Beutler also sent a letter to Inslee on Sept. 12, signed by nine Republican state lawmakers, demanding the governor take “an active role in opposing Oregon’s transportation plan that calls for imposing tolls on I-5 and I-205 at the state line.”

On Sept. 15, Inslee sent a response to Herrera Beutler and the nine lawmakers.

Read more at The Columbian.

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