I read with interest the article in the Sept. 17 Herald; “Pay-by-the-mile pilot tests waters on gas tax replacement,” written by Melissa Slager. I can agree that the state may need to do something about the gas tax revenue stream. What I don’t agree with nor understand is why Washington state has the second-largest gas tax. Can someone please do some research and tell us why that is?
Does Washington have more miles of roadway than other states?
Does Washington pay road crews more wages than other states?
Do Washington state road crews not work as hard as other states?
Does Washington use poorer materials and construction methods than other states that require more maintenance?
Does Washington use part of that money for something else besides roads?
Please help me and others understand. With a full understanding of where our tax money goes, maybe the tax payers won’t feel so bitter about more taxes.