Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation Development
Washington state's economic boom and rapid population growth impose congestion costs on our economy and lifestyle that magnify the need to expand our transportation system. At the same time, growing taxpayer fatigue restricts the resources available to communities to manage this problem.
State lawmakers met with vocal public oppostion in 1997 when they attempted to find new funding for transportation infrastructure by increasing the gas tax. Recent polls suggest that public sentiment has not changed regarding the gas tax. After all, everyone thinks their taxes are already too high.