King County Proposition 1’s regressive tax increases may fund stalled union contract

April 16, 2014 in Blog

King County Metro Transit officials may use new revenue from regressive sales and car taxes enacted under April 22nd’s Proposition 1 to provide money to speed negotiations over a stalled three-year union contract.

Proposition 1 taxes - money for roads might not go to roads

April 3, 2014 in Blog

King County officials say that if they don’t receive new tax revenue from the public, they plan to cut Metro bus service by 17%, close bridges and let public roads turn to gravel.

County officials say they want to use 60% of Proposition 1’s tax money to save current bus service from the cuts they are proposing, and will devote the remaining 40% to road projects that serve the traveling public.

Citizen’s Guide to Proposition 1

April 1, 2014 in Blog

Washington Policy Center just released our Citizen’s Guide to Proposition 1. Key Findings and a link to the study follow:

Key Findings

A comparison of House and Senate transportation tax proposals

February 21, 2014 in Blog

The Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) in the Senate recently unveiled a new transportation proposal that would spend $12.4 billion on roads, ferries, and other modes of transportation over the next 12 years.  This is in addition to the $8.7 billion per biennium the state currently spends on these public services.

The proposal would impose an 11.5-cents per gallon gas tax hike (a 30% increase in the current state tax), higher yearly car tab fees, new taxes on trucks, higher car registration fees, and other new fees on drivers.

How to Reduce the Cost of Highway Projects

February 12, 2014 in Publications

Policy Recommendations

Washington Policy Center warns against transit bailout in transportation package

Think tank calls idea to use hundreds of millions in state funds for transit “unprecedented”

Fixing transportation: Pimp my bus with 'wood grain panels, rims and a hot driver'

March 15, 2012 in Blog

For an uninspiring look at how some of our “local transportation thinkers“ would spend a blank check, read this Seattle Magazine article, which asks:

“If money were no object, what single thing would you do to improve transportation in the region?”

Public Transit is not underfunded in Washington

January 31, 2012 in Blog

The following are the key findings in our latest study, and the most recent report in WPC’s five part series looking at the 2012 transportation funding plan.

Tribes Undercut Non-tribal Fuel Stations with Gas Tax Subsidy

August 23, 2011 in Blog

In 2006, Governor Christine Gregoire negotiated an agreement with Washington State Indian tribes that exempts tribally owned fuel stations from paying 75% of state gas taxes.

This year the state will give Indian tribes approximately $22 million in state fuel tax revenue. And the amount will certainly grow as tribes continue to add more fuel stations. Taxpayers will pay approximately $621 million to tribes over the next 17 years.

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