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I-1125: Tolling is a fair way to tax

Letter by Michael Crook, Spanaway on Oct. 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm | 21 Comments »
October 20, 2011 1:08 pm

Re: “New Eyman initiative tells state to stick with old ways of tolling” (TNT, 10-17).

The new Eyman initiative is a proper depiction of what society expects from the state.

Unbelievably, the state does not magically generate funds for transportation projects. Tolls are a great way to tax people because ultimately we all have the choice to use the tolled roadways and bridges.

The tolling also promotes the use of public transportation, which will reduce the amount of construction on our transportation infrastructure.

The condition of the state economy does not put us in a position to cut revenue. Part of I-1125 would give the Legislature the power to set the prices of the tolls with the intention of using those funds for a transportation project. The importance here is that the revenue coming from tolling bridges and roadways goes directly into improving the current transportation system.

With the current trend of diminishing taxes and state budget crises, there is a need for new ways to generate revenue.

This is not a time for Washington citizens to vote for tax cuts due to our suffering economy and diminished services. Our state population is growing and we need to all realize that the transportation infrastructure needs to grow with our population.

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