The Washington State House last night passed a proposal for a transportation budget that includes a raise for Washington State Patrol troopers. Fox Q13 reports that the proposal was approved on an 84-13 vote. The Senate’s transportation plan has not been voted on by that chamber.

The trooper raises are aimed at recruiting new troopers and retaining current ones. Data shows that troopers often leave for higher-paying local law enforcement jobs.

The House transportation budget would increase spending by $473 million from the two-year transportation budget.

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