Regarding, Initiative 976: I’ve lived in Washington all my life, and in Monroe for 47 years. I am driving on the same roads and bridges that have been here pretty much for those 47 years that were built when our gas tax and population were ten times less than they are now (population of Monroe in 1971 was 2000, and is now 19,000).
We pay a gas tax of approximately 62 cents a gallon, the second or third highest rate in the nation, and somehow with a ten-fold increase in funding the state has not figured out how to maintain these same roads and ‘infrastructure’? It is no wonder that the voters endorsed a limit to car tabs and are trying to rein in this out-of-control transportation spending and are telling lawmakers to be more efficient and realistic.
It’s always ‘more.’ More spending on transportation, more property taxes, more sales taxes, more business taxes, more population growth, more job growth, more carbon pollution, more homelessness, more crime, more jails, more bureaucracy, more police, more cars, more overcrowding.
When is it enough? I think it’s time for a lot of ‘less’ of everything. And I think the voters have said as much.
Robert Van den Akker