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Eight-Cent Gas Tax Hike Proposed By King County Executive

Dow Constantine and the Sound Cities Association, which includes Enumclaw, are asking the state legislature to help "solve our statewide transportation crisis."

King County Executive Dow Constantine has joined other local officials in asking the Washington state legislature to raise gas taxes to help pay for upgrades to the state's transportation infrastructure and provide additional transit funding in the county.

What do you think of the proposed increases? Tell us in the comments section.

In a Dec. 14 letter posted on the news website PubliCola, Constantine, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Renton Mayor Denis Law, representing the Sound Cities Association, propose an 8-cent increase to the gas tax as well as the ability for counties and cities to raise their car-tab fees by $40. Enumclaw is a member city of the Sound Cities Association.

The letter, addressed to Gov. Chris Gregoire, cites a "statewide transportation crisis" and asks for additional revenue to "preserve and maintain our portion of the State’s transportation system and address the growing demand for transit services."

Click here to read the entire document.

Bill Otto December 28, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Get real! No New Taxes! First, see where we can cut spending.
dexterjibs December 28, 2012 at 05:47 PM
And the beat goes on with one party rule. Come next election, the low information voters of this State will continue to smack themselves in the gonads and elect Democrats into office, who will return the favor by taking more money from them. We have one of the highest gas taxes in the State and yet, it still isn't enough.
Tom Parker December 28, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Are you kidding me? They already added a transit fee to car tabs and now they want to add more? And gas tax increase too? Quit wasting money and cut spending!!!
Richard Oh December 28, 2012 at 08:33 PM
NO NEW TAXES! We are already one of the states with the highest gas tax. The 520 project is such a joke and waste of money. Pontoons leaking, studies for years, a tolling system by a company that has problems for years in other states. Time for changes not taxes!

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