Lawmakers say gas tax may not be part of initial Boeing package

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 8:30 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington state lawmakers are scrambling from around the world to return to Olympia for a special session.

At least five legislators are out of the country on vacation. One House member is in New Zealand.

Governor Jay Inslee called for a special session to begin Thursday to pass a number of bills Inslee said would ensure Boeing's 777X would be built in Washington.

Inslee wants legislators to pass a series of bills, including bills that would give aviation companies tax breaks until 2040 and a transportation package to improve state roads, highways and bridges.

Lawmakers spent the first half of the year debating a transportation bill that would have raised the gas tax around 10 cents a gallon over the next decade.

"It's a huge economic thing to agriculture and Boeing," said Rep. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, who thought lawmakers could pass the bills in the week Governor Inslee has requested.

But Senator Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, said there may not be enough time to debate the controversial gas tax increase.

Becker said Boeing would understand if lawmakers held off on the tax increase debated until they return in January.

"From what I've heard," Becker told KING 5 News. "Boeing has said that's too complex."

When asked if delaying the gas tax increase could put the Boeing deal in jeopardy, Inslee told KING 5 News, "It's very clear we need a transportation package. The earlier we get it, the better."

Inslee said improving the state's roads, highway and bridges would benefit the entire state, not just Boeing.

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