Washington State License Plate Prices Rise July 1 | Government and politics
SEATTLE (AP) — Motorists will pay more for a Washington license plate starting July 1.
It will likely be the most notable change as parts of a $17 billion bill to pay for transportation projects in the state begin to take effect, The Seattle Times reported.
On Friday, the price of a new plate will drop from $10 to $50, while a replacement for a lost plate will drop from $10 to $30. For motorcyclists, the cost of a license plate will increase from $4 to $20 and a replacement will cost $12, also up from $4.
The license plate fee money was donated to a fund used for work on state roads and highways. The extra money from the fees will go into an account reserved for projects in the new transport package.
The state has issued about 1.5 million new plates in each of the past two years. The price increases are expected to bring in some $2 billion over the next 16 years.
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A new carbon trading system in Washington is also expected to raise more than $5 billion. Additionally, federal funding for the bipartisan infrastructure bill is expected to provide approximately $3.4 billion. The Legislature also approved a one-time transfer of $2 billion from the state’s General Fund for Transportation Improvements.
The comprehensive package passed with almost no Republican vote – a change from previous measures that won bipartisan support.
While much of the $17 billion will go toward major highway projects — including a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, the Puget Sound Gateway project connecting Highway 167 to I-5, construction of a new highway 520 bridge over Seattle’s Portage Bay and more — he’s also spending heavily on transit and “active transportation” projects for walkers and cyclists.
Additionally, the process of planning how Washington will meet its goals of phasing out new gas-powered cars by 2030 will officially begin on Friday, as will the process for cities to apply for state grants to expand services. or public transport facilities.
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