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Category: Gas tax
January 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Funding Metro: Proposal is as progressive as possible

I appreciate Jonathan Martin’s fresh perspectives at The Seattle Times. But his column about tax proposals left out some important details about the Metro proposal [“Prepare for the groan of tax fatigue,” Opinion, Jan. 27]. First, the proposed vehicle license fee would include a rebate for low-income households, which helps make it less regressive….

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November 29, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Solution to gas tax initiative

Consider miles driven and gross vehicle weight

The current collection of gas tax and tolls to pay for our roads and bridges is unfair, unnecessary and downright silly [“Big issues remain, but Senate GOP open to gas-tax hike,” Online, Nov. 12].

There is a far simpler way that is equitable and would be very easy to implement. When we renew our annual tabs, each vehicle would be assessed an amount equal to the miles driven during the year (current odometer minus last year’s odometer) multiplied by the vehicle’s gross vehicle weight (GVW) multiplied by a factor set by the Legislature each year based on the state’s needs.

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