Comment By Bob L.
Nov. 13th 2013
Here we go again, Pierce County Bridge Toll, and the rest of Washington States drivers along with Trucking Companies and Tourist will be Paying for Seattle’s Free Ride from paying their fair share of tolls, if what Inslee and the Olympia Politicians get their way, the people will pay more for a higher Gas Tax from 10.5% up to 11.5%, maybe more when done, but who usually get most of the Highway funds when it comes to road work, Seattle and King County.
As usual the right way is to CUT USELESS SPENDING and learn how to live with in your means like the American people have to do, and on what you have coming in, is that to hard to do (yes), or is it that they are doing what Washington DC is trying to do, turn this County into a Government Run by a Dictator, and hand the keys over to Foreign Control.
This State (WA.) and this Country can not continue to keep raising TAXES, if they keep it up, this Country will be into the Biggest Depression that they will ever see and will never survive, because our Children and Grandchildren will not have a job to bail out this Country.
And Who is getting the Tax Break, BOEING to the tune of Nine Billion Dollars (not the people of WA., they will PAY for the LOSS), and where, Seattle and Everett.
Republicans reveal transportation plan that would avoid I-90 tolling
By JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News
Posted on November 12, 2013
SEATTLE — The Washington State Senate Coalition presented its first transportation proposal to fellow lawmakers Saturday, opening long-awaited negotiations on a plan to fund road projects across the state.
Transportation funding, highlighted by Gov. Jay Inslee last week during the special session on Boeing tax breaks, was held up during prior special sessions when the Majority Senate Coalition, led by Republicans, rejected what was passed by the House.
The plan, made public Tuesday, includes fully finding the new SR 520 floating bridge, eliminating tolls on I-90 and completing a host of other projects across Washington. Funding would come from the cancellation of the Columbia River Crossing in Vancouver, and an increase in the gas tax to 11.5 cents.
While there was a level of optimism over the plan, Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) pointed out some concerns.
“There are differences (between the House and Senate plans),” Fey said Tuesday, “Sometimes it takes a dramatic breakthrough to open things so you can get a bill passed in the legislature.”
Fey and other Democrats expressed similiar concerns over reforms included in the proposal. For one, fewer resources are dedicated to public transit.
In addition, Fey said, sales tax revenue in the Senate proposal would not go into the general fund, but would instead be specifically dedicated for transportation.
That could potentially sap money from other needs like education, Fey suggested.
“There’s things in the proposal to be liked and there’s things that will need more information,” said Fey.
Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima) and other Republicans on the Transportation Committee were unavailable Tuesday evening.
Negotiations on this issue are expected to pick up again later this month during committee days in Olympia.