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March 21, 2014 at 6:06 AM

King County Metro funding measure would help all

I object to the Dick Paylor and his Eastside Transportation Association’s view on Metro funding and who pays for it [“As bus ridership rises, battle over funding measure heats up,” page one, March 20].

Paylor makes his living in a subsidized industry (real-estate development) and you would think as a business person he would support viable options for transportation. Should only parents of school-age children pay for schools? Only those who use police and fire pay the full cost of these services?

My point is much of what makes up our civil society is subsidized by the taxpayer and we all benefit from these services indirectly or directly. I reject the Eastside Transportation Association’s libertarian view on taxation and public services. I also object to the attack on driver’s wages. Only a small percentage of Metro operators are making $100,000 a year and that is after working many hours of overtime.

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