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State had big highway fund increase in decade before 2013

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According to figures reviewed by The Associated Press, total highway spending in Washington rose 183.6 percent in the period from 2003-2013, up $4.2 billion. According to figures reviewed by The Associated Press, total highway spending in Washington rose 183.6 percent in the period from 2003-2013, up $4.2 billion.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

While state lawmakers are considering $15 billion in tax increases to improve Washington's roads, figures from the Federal Highway Administration show that no state saw a larger percentage increase in total highway spending between 2003-2013 than Washington.

According to figures reviewed by The Associated Press, total highway spending in Washington rose 183.6 percent in the period from 2003-2013, up $4.2 billion. It was the sharpest increase among the states, and well above the national average of a 43.5 percent increase.

Robin Rettew is a transportation budget analyst for the state Office of Financial Management. She says Washington's big increase was due to the legislative passage of gas tax increases of 5 cents a gallon in 2003 and 9½ cents a gallon in 2005.

But she says the maintenance and preservation of all those new highway projects must now be funded.

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