Transit advocates want more funding for public transit. They would like the Legislature to allow local jurisdictions to impose a motor vehicle excise tax or increase car tab fees to fund transit.
The state is looking for funding sources for transportation projects. Suggestions have been tolls, an increase in the gas tax or some other funding sources.
The state is facing a billion-dollar shortfall in education funding that lawmakers are trying to figure out how to fund. The governor says no new taxes, but how else do you come up with the funds?
State Sen. Karen Keiser wants to expand a paid leave program that was passed in 2007 but never implemented because of a lack of funding. She would expand this from five weeks to 12 weeks and impose a payroll tax on companies and employees.
Tacoma is looking for $500 million for schools. The Puyallup School District is looking for $279 million.
I can’t remember other specific projects being discussed, but we all know they are out there. There is no magic money tree. We are the only source of funds. These agencies and legislators need to prioritize their needs and ask for the bare minimum required. No new social programs, practice gyms or other niceties.
Transportation is looking to fund projects with user fees. Public transit should do the same.