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What is the Real Price of Gas?

December 20, 2013 in Publications

Key Findings

No transportation package this year, lawmakers announce

December 18, 2013 in Blog

Governor Inslee and House and Senate negotiators recently announced that they will continue talks on a transportation tax package during the regular session beginning January 13, 2014.

The press release follows:

Joint Statement issued tonight from Governor Jay Inslee and the bipartisan House and Senate transportation negotiators on the next phase of  transportation revenue package negotiations


Seattle City Council’s Taxi & Rideshare plan stifles innovation

December 18, 2013 in Blog

The Seattle City Council’s Taxi, For Hire, and Limousine Committee recently unveiled draft plans for a two year rideshare pilot program to regulate the spate of new companies that offer citizens an alternative to driving and traditional taxi services. The city’s proposal, echoing century-old regulations on taxicabs, stifles innovation and unfairly picks winners and losers.

Sound Transit says University Link may open early, after a decade of delay

December 12, 2013 in Blog

In 1996, voters approved Sound Transit’s 10 year plan for a light rail system that would stretch from Seatac to the University of Washington. In 2009, thirteen years later, the initial segment opened from Seatac to Downtown Seattle. The 3.1 mile light rail connector from Downtown to the University, called University Link, is planned to open in 2016.  

Other transit agencies add hours without new taxes; King County Metro keeps plan to cut

December 5, 2013 in Blog

Both Pierce Transit and Community Transit plan to add service hours without raising taxes. Community Transit is adding 2,500 new hours without new taxes, living within their means. However, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) proposal to give Community Transit higher tax authority is still on the table.

Reduce congestion by building roads faster, smarter and on budget

December 2, 2013 in Publications

Lawmakers closed up their fourth session of the year without agreement on how to improve the movement of goods and people on the state’s road network.  Governor Inslee may call lawmakers into another session before the end of the year to pass a transportation package.  State Senate and House proposals would increase the gas tax by 10.5 to 11.5 cents per gallon, but this may be hard to sell to the public as new polling data from Washington Policy Center shows many voters aren’t impressed with how state officials are currently managing the state’s roads, highways and bridges.

King County could seek sales-tax hike to avoid Metro bus cuts

November 30, 2013 in In the News
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Sound Transit’s third quarter ridership report ignores promises

November 27, 2013 in Blog

Sound Transit’s Q3 ridership report highlights Central Link’s performance. The light rail line experienced 10% growth in ridership both in the quarter and year-to-date.

New AAA report out; but what's the real price of gas?

November 25, 2013 in Blog

Data just released from AAA reveals that Washington State’s gas prices are averaging $3.31 per gallon. Yet that’s not the real price. The real price of a gallon of gas at the pump is $2.75; the remaining 55.9¢ is the tax collector’s share, a 20% tax rate at the current price.

Consumers have a right to know exactly what they are paying in taxes. Utah, for example, posts the federal and state gas taxes on a sticker at the pump. It should also be a separate line item on the receipt.