No Ferry Fuel Surcharge in Senate Budget

There’s been some confusion about whether a ferry fuel surcharge in the Senate’s transportation budget. It’s not very clear in the budget language itself, so I talked to Senate staff and they said no. The ferries are fully funded in their budget through this budget period, which ends on June 30, 2011. So there will be no surcharge before then. There is language in the bill that authorizes Washington State Ferries to set up the mechanism for a surcharge that it can use if necessary in the future.