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April 21, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Democrats to vote on transportation-tax package

Budget proposal should be more eco-friendly, less wasteful

The latest Democratic budget proposal for transportation is a disaster [“Gas tax, car tabs could go up under Dem plan,” NWWednesday, April 17]. It steals money from badly needed road maintenance and will cripple our transit systems.

It dumps enormous sums into road megaprojects. These special-interest roads are unnecessary and will burden future state budgets with maintenance costs, as well as Puget Sound cleanup and air-pollution costs.

Highways create water runoff that pollutes waterways and create sprawl that destroys green spaces. Cars spew dioxin that hurts our health and the health of the Puget Sound.

Existing voters need their money spent on maintaining existing roads. A handful of businesses want freight mobility, and the best way to get this is to have great transit infrastructure. This will also help solve climate pollution. Public investment should curb problems, not create more of them.

More driving is what the highway-construction lobby wants. They want to line their pockets with an increase in the gas tax of 10 cents per gallon as they build unnecessary highways.

We need politicians who will do what is right and best for our environment and improve our lives.

Kristen Bryant, Bellevue

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