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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

December 20, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Hard times

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

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