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Report: Washington Lawmakers Set to Propose 10-Cent Gas-Tax Hike

Rep. Judy Clibborn of Mercer Island told the Associated Press she will introduce the increase Wednesday as part of a larger transportation package.

A group of Democratic state lawmakers plans to unveil a transportation package Wednesday that includes a 10-cent gas-tax increase, the Associated Press reports.

Do you support a gas-tax increase? How do you think the state should fund transportation? Tell us in the comments section.

According to the AP, the effort is being led by Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), who chairs the House Transportation Committee. Washington's gas tax is currently 37.5 cents per gallon—one of the highest rates in the U.S.

The proposal comes after several King County officials asked the state to implement an eight-cent incease, which they say is needed to maintain the region's roadways and meet a growing demand for public transportation.

As the AP points out, the legislation is likely to receive stiff resistance in the Senate, currently under the control of a GOP coalition that includes majority leader Rodney Tom (D-Bellevue).

State officials have also said they are exploring a pay-by-the-mile transportation tax, but such a plan—if approved—would take several years to implement.

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State Explores Pay-by-the-Mile Alternative to Gas Tax

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Lance Orloff February 21, 2013 at 03:58 PM
NWCN & Heather Graf of King 5 News and Associate Press are now reporting that Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), is proposing in her transportation revenue package announced yesterday, a $25 bike fee to pay for roads. What is next? Pedestrian fee? How about a "sitting on the sidewalk homeless - fee". Actually, I would support that last one. It would curb homeless people from using the sidewalks, like a bike fee would stop some people from using their bike and go back to clogging our roads which would require more money to pay for the additional wear and tear. Kind of a viscious cycle (intentional pun).
Local Guy February 21, 2013 at 05:54 PM
More, more, more, it's not enough! Why not? Because we need more, more, more! NOW!!!
Joseph March 02, 2013 at 01:12 AM
The politicians never have a problem spending other people's money. If you look around our state the government buildings (of all types including water treatment plants) look like palaces and are kept up. Raising the tax on gas is an economy killer if I ever heard of one. Meanwhile these same politicians won't let us drill for natural gas on our own land. I guess they expect you to fart and put it in your gas tank or otherwise pay highway robbery taxes.
Chris March 23, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Absolutely, we need more taxes! Repeat after me "We have a Spending Problem!" I flew with an ex Washington State School Superintendent the other day and he told me that when his district built a new school they didn't have funding for new computers, but he WAS required to spend $50,000 on an art project for the school. His choices were to either choose a pre made art piece, or have one commissioned for him. This was because a certain percentage of all public projects needs to be allocated to "The Arts" While I am not against artistic expression, we really need to prioritize our needs. There is only so much money to go around.
dexterjibs March 24, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Yea, we do need more taxes collected. Afterall, I only pay about 50% of my income to government of all levels. I think my fair share should be about 60% of my income should be taken by government in the form of taxes. There are a lot of single mothers with multiple tattoos that are on food stamps while living with their boyfriend. And there are alot of young, single healthy males that are on food stamps that aren't working cuz they are addicted to drugs. And there are billions of dollars in government programs that never shrink that need to be paid for.

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