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Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, February, 2010
In early 2009, the State Legislature passed EHB 2242, changing the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development to the Department of Commerce. In July 2009, during the official name change ceremony, the Governor stressed that the new Department of Commerce would focus on ensuring a “successful business environment that provides good, familywage jobs,” and that “We will continue to focus on keeping the companies and jobs we have, and bringing new business to our state.”
How Public Officials Spend Our Transportation Taxes: Distribution of Road and Transit Taxes Collected in the Central Puget Sound Region
Director, Center for Transportation
Have you ever wondered how much of your transportation tax money pays for that Metro bus you always see on the road? Or how much of it funds light rail as opposed to roads and bridges? New research by transportation expert James W. MacIsaac, P.E. shows that if you live in the Puget Sound region, you might be surprised just how officials spend your hard earned money.
As lawmakers prepare to expand tolling and make it easier for transit agencies to raise their own taxes, it is important to understand how current revenues are distributed.