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Wash. House approves transportation budget

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ The state House has its version of an updated state transportation budget that lawmakers say will create 3,000 jobs.

The $8.5 billion plan passed on 78-19 vote and now goes back to the Senate, which passed its own version last month.

The supplemental budget plan is about $1 billion more than last year's biennial budget.

The increase comes from federal stimulus dollars the state will use to pay for large projects, including a $590 million rail corridor from Oregon to British Columbia.

In addition to including federal stimulus money, the House's proposal calls for $30 million more for fuel costs and $3 million for storm water treatment.

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