Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Editorial Board Says To Look Beyond The Gas Tax For Transportation Funding

An editorial in today's Spokesman-Review lauds Governor Jay Inslee for his proposal on taxing industrial polluters to pay for transportation. While the Editorial Board says states they don't feel the proposal is a good solution, they do say it at least moves discussion of the state's transportation needs beyond reliance on the gas tax.

They also talk about Washington Treasurer James McIntire's suggestion of dedicating half of gas tax revenues to bond financing for the most urgent projects and the rest to street and ferry system upkeep. But they don't like that idea much either. So what's their suggestion Find out here.

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