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April 28, 2004

Trouble in transportation city

The beleaguered regional transportation package can not buy a break. The proposal to raise taxes and spend money on roads and other transportation improvements in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties has hit numerous snags. The latest is a vow from the oil industry to publicly oppose the plan if a boost in the gas tax in the three counties is part of the proposal.

The regional package, still aimed at a November vote, is not popular enough to sustain an anti-campaign from any quarter. Regional planners are in a bind. If they drop the gas tax, they lose a major portion of funding and have to further trim the transportation to-do list. If they leave the gas tax in, the oil industry will hammer them during the campaign.

The truth about this plan is it should wait for another session in Olympia to fine-tune the taxes that can be used. Right now, the plan relies too heavily on a sales tax increase. Planners are trying hard to save the package for fall, because they believe it has the best shot with so many voters expected to participate. It would be better to fix the plan and make it a good package than to run it fast with so many flaws.

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