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Everything you need to hear before voting on Prop 1

April 8, 2014 in In the News
KIRO Radio
KIRO Radio
Monday, April 7, 2014

The Seattle Times urges a No vote on Prop. 1, cites Metro’s failed promises and high costs

April 7, 2014 in Blog

The Seattle Times published an editorial Saturday urging voters in King County to reject Proposition 1, saying the transit agency has not kept past promises and is not “thoroughly confronting its well-documented unsustainably high operating costs.”

Proposition 1 taxes - another city considers diverting money away from roads

April 4, 2014 in Blog

In my recent blog, Proposition 1 taxes – money for roads might not go to roads, I mention the Seattle City Council’s plan to divert Proposition 1 money away from roads into other modes, despite drivers paying the bulk of the taxes. Other cities appear to be following suit.

Proposition 1 taxes - money for roads might not go to roads

April 3, 2014 in Blog

King County officials say that if they don’t receive new tax revenue from the public, they plan to cut Metro bus service by 17%, close bridges and let public roads turn to gravel.

County officials say they want to use 60% of Proposition 1’s tax money to save current bus service from the cuts they are proposing, and will devote the remaining 40% to road projects that serve the traveling public.

Metro announces record-high tax collections

April 1, 2014 in In the News
Voice of the Valley
Voice of the Valley
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Citizen’s Guide to Proposition 1

April 1, 2014 in Blog

Washington Policy Center just released our Citizen’s Guide to Proposition 1. Key Findings and a link to the study follow:

Key Findings

Citizens’ Guide to Proposition 1

April 1, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

  1. With Proposition 1, King County officials want to impose a $60 car tab tax and increase the sales tax by 0.1 percent, raising the rate to 9.6 percent in many communities, the highest in the state. Officials say they will cut Metro bus services by 17 percent if they do not receive additional tax money.

  2. The proposed tax increases would apply only to regressive forms of taxation, falling hardest on the poor, the disabled, the unemployed and the elderly living on fixed incomes.