The perfect solution
What a perfect time to raise the gas tax. Now that gasoline prices are a third of what they were last summer, and now that we need to get people working on something of significance, raise the gas tax an amount that will matter — none if this nickel stuff that doesn’t keep up with growth. The tax should be 15 cents to 25 cents.
While you’re at it, couple this with a revision to the prevailing-wage law that makes every public project in this state cost 25 percent more than a private project.
Give something back to the taxpayers.
How about utilizing market wages or paying 80 percent of the prevailing wage — whichever is greater.
The state Department of Tranportation has 100 projects ready that are just waiting for funding. You could have an army of construction workers mobilized and making a decent living by summer, and the public would get a more efficient and convenient transportation system.
— Jerry Forell, Kirkland