As state legislators continue their struggle to craft a two-year budget for Washington — that is due before their scheduled adjournment of this special session in one week — there is another significant spending measure still undecided.
A funding package of new taxes and fees would be needed to implement an approved plan for transportation improvements, including final construction of Highway 167 from Puyallup to Tacoma’s industrial area.
An analysis issued today by Washington Policy Center says that plan as currently drafted would mean a typical resident driving a used car would pay nearly $250 more, if the package is approved in its present form. Roughly half of the tax revenue would go to building new and existing highway projects, with only 11 percent allocated to maintenance.
Port of Tacoma yesterday released the results of polling conducted last weekend that showed 67 percent of registered voters contacted believe it is important for the legislature to pass a transportation funding plan this year.