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October 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Muni League recommends “no” vote on Seattle bus funds

The Municipal League of King County suggests a “no” vote on Seattle’s Proposition 1, which would raise sales taxes and car-tab fees to pay for more city bus service. The measure amounts to “something close to a blank check,” the League says.  Its statement criticized the shifting nature of the campaign — first to save…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: King County Metro Transit, Monorail, Municipal League

May 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Map: Only Seattle, Lake Forest Park favored Prop. 1 tax increase

Neighborhood-level breakdowns of last month’s Proposition 1 vote show the depth of suburban antipathy toward higher taxes. The map below, by Seattle Times staff reporter Justin Mayo, shows the results by precinct. Of the 39 cities in King County, only booming Seattle and petite Lake Forest Park delivered majority support, at 66 percent and 51 percent, respectively….

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November 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Big issues remain, but Senate GOP open to gas-tax hike

State Senate Republicans are willing to consider a gas-tax increase of 11.5 cents a gallon for highway and ferry construction, and even to allow new local taxes for King County Metro Transit, according to a proposal forged over the holiday weekend. It would avoid the tolling of Interstate 90 to help pay for construction of…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, transportation, Washington State Legislature

July 24, 2013 at 6:55 AM

‘Where’s The (transit) Funding’ rally planned Saturday in Seattle

A month after a transportation plan crashed in the Legislature, the Seattle Transit Riders Union will hold what it calls the “WTF, Olympia?” rally, seeking new taxes to prevent bus-service cuts. The event is to be held in the park just south of the King County Courthouse, at Third Avenue and Yesler Way. King County Metro Transit has said…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: rodney tom, Seattle. King County Metro Transit, Where the Funding

June 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

State House passes gas-tax boost for megaprojects

A plan to increase gas taxes 10.5 cents over the next year just passed the Washington state House of Representatives in a 51-41 vote, a day after the same bill failed. The increase, along with boosts in car and truck weight fees, would support most of a 10-year, $10.04 billion package of highway expansions, ferry funding,…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: legislature, ports, taxes

April 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM

‘Tunnel Termination Initiative’ filed by Elizabeth Campbell

Seattle resident Elizabeth Campbell has filed a proposed statewide initiative, seeking to halt the Highway 99 tunnel. But by time the measure could even reach the November 2014 ballot, tunnel boring is scheduled to be close to done. Campbell previously led anti-tunnel Initiative 101 for Seattle voters only, and gathered more than 21,000 valid signatures to qualify, but a judge…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Elizabeth Campbell, Highway 99 tunnel

April 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Senators: Make ferry fares Good2Go

Senate leaders think it would be nifty if motorists can someday drive onto a ferry, or drive on a toll highway, using the same windshield-mounted Good2Go transponder. The proposed Senate transportation budget, released Wednesday morning, calls for a $250,000 study and plan, to be published by Nov. 29. Committee co-chair Curtis King, R-Yakima, hopes that…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: tolls, Washington State Ferries

February 22, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Toll penalty unfair? House bill would give judges more leeway

Washington state drivers who get stuck with a $40 toll penalty would get the chance to explain any “mitigating circumstances” to a judge, under House Bill 1941, filed this week. Currently, judges in state toll court have virtually no leeway and reduce the fines only about one-fourth of the time — for instance, when a driver…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: 520 bridge tolls

October 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Reagan Dunn: Let’s consider making downtown Seattle buses free again

Less than a week after King County eliminated downtown Seattle’s free-ride bus zone, County Councilmember Reagan Dunn thinks maybe it should be brought back. In a letter Thursday, linked here through DocumentCloud, he says “low-income and homeless people depend on this service for survival.” But he argues further that free rides are good for business,…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, free ride zone, King County Metro