Because being there is what's most important, WPC's Center for Transportation researches and analyzes the best practices for relieving traffic congestion by recapturing a vision of a system based on freedom of movement.
This special reception and wrap-up of the 2008 Legislative Session was for our supporters and those interested in learning more about our work. The recently completed Session was discussed, with a focus on how it will affect you and your business. WPC’s president and research center directors gave reviews of their work during Session, including publications on the state budget, taxes, health care, transportation, the environment and ways to improve the business climate. They also presented the top issues to look for during the remainder of this busy election year and previ
Michael Ennis, Director, Center for Transportation, & Sarah Rindlaub, Past Chairman, May, 2008
Mercer Island residents should be worried because current transportation planning could force travel times across I-90 to climb significantly higher.
Michael Ennis, Director, Center for Transportation and Justin Bryant, Research Intern, May, 2008
In Washington, we pay about 50 different state taxes and fees into the State Transportation Budget each year.
In the 1999-2001 budget, Washington residents paid $2.65 billion in state taxes and fees to fund transportation. In the current biennium, residents are paying about $4.18 billion in transportation tax revenue, a 51.2% increase over the last nine years. That means the buying power of Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has grown significantly in nine years. To put this in perspective, inflation over the same time period rose only 20%.