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Wash. House announces transportation budget

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state House is unveiling its transportation budget proposal, calling for a $1 billion jump from last year's budget thanks to an influx of federal stimulus money.
     
Lawmakers say the $8.5 billion budget will create 3,000 jobs while focusing spending on existing projects throughout the state.

The increase in federal money will go to projects such as a $590 million high speed rail corridor, increased money for the North Spokane Corridor and reconstruction work on State Route 410, which was damaged by a landslide.
     
The state's transportation budget for the 2009-2011 biennium is already facing a drop in revenue, and unlike the Senate's $8.6 billion proposal released Monday, the House's version does not call for any additional cuts.

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