The effort to attach amendments to the Transportation Benefit District bill to allow additional license fees for transit has met with partial success. Andrew Austin at the TCC’s blog reports the amendment for Pierce and Snohomish Counties was successfully added and passed the full House. The King County equivalent did not come to a vote. The amendment passed 54-44 on a straight party-line vote, except for 7 dissenting Democrats: Finn, Green, Hudgins, Hurst, Kelley, Morrell, and Probst. The vote was the same for the whole bill, except Hudgins flipped to vote Yes. Now it’s on to the conference committee, and the amendment’s survival is questionable.
If I’m not mistaken this closes the door on explicit relief for Metro this session, although they may gain from reduced sales tax exemptions. In any case, Metro doesn’t really hit the wall until 2012, so there’s one more session in which to do something.