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Gas tax increase means bigger public payouts to for-profit tribal businesses

August 25, 2015 in Blog

In Washington state, for-profit businesses owned by 24 Indian tribes have special agreements to receive payments out of the public treasury. Under an arrangement made by Governor Gregoire in 2007, 19 of these tribes receive “refund” payments equal to 75% of the state gas tax on all motor vehicle fuel sold on tribal lands.

Why gas tax increase may be worth it: New state law prioritizes congestion relief for road projects, so we can all spend less time sitting in traffic

August 24, 2015 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial appeared in Puget Sound Business Journal on August 21, 2015.

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According to the GPS company TomTom, Seattle has the fifth-worst traffic congestion in the nation, right behind New York City.

Why gas tax increase may be worth it

August 24, 2015 in In the News
Puget Sound Business Journal
Puget Sound Business Journal
Friday, August 21, 2015

Another project in Seattle goes overbudget

August 21, 2015 in Blog

KING 5 News reported today that the Seattle Seawall Project will take a year longer to build than officials promised. In addition, Seattle officials have increased the project budget from the original $290 million price tag to $409 million, a 33% increase.

Fresh look at Ben Franklin Transit finds familiar problems

August 20, 2015 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial appeared in Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business on August 19, 2015.

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New research released by Washington Policy Center provides updated Key Facts on the mid-Columbia’s public transit system Ben Franklin Transit.

Fresh look at Ben Franklin Transit finds familiar problems

August 20, 2015 in In the News
Tri-Cities Journal of Business
Tri-Cities Journal of Business
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Despite promises of faster commutes, Seattle’s transit-only lanes failing drivers

August 17, 2015 in Blog

The recent news story about public officials not letting the Ride the Ducks group tour vehicles use bus lanes has renewed a controversy over reserving parts of public streets for transit only. Last year, KOMO TV reported many in the public are unhappy with the government-restricted lanes, including the tagger of the well-known plea, “Metro stop stealing our lanes.”  The public response prompted a debate about whether the lanes are working for people or not.

Seattle’s Bridging the Gap Levy failed to reduce city street backlog

August 17, 2015 in Publications

Seattle’s pavement backlog triples under Bridging the Gap