Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How Does I-1125 Affect Our Side Of The State?

I got my ballot in the mail last week and have been going through my voters guide. Being in transportation, my biggest concern has been with I-1125, Tim Eyman's bill to give the state legislature the job of setting transportation tolls, and setting restrictions on them.

It's been years since we've had a toll around here though, so should we even care how this vote goes? Both supporters and opponents of the initiative say a resounding "YES." Eyman says it comes down to democracy for those of us on the east side of the state, while former state Transportation Secretary and spokesman against the measure, Doug MacDonald, says we should care for financial reasons.

The Spokesman-Review has more on how I-1125 it could affect us on this side of the state.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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