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It’s back: Son of Initiative 1125?

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm with No Comments »
January 17, 2012 3:52 pm

Tim Eyman‘s measure was rejected by a 53-47 margin in November, but some supporters aren’t giving up.

Here’s how a bill introduced today in the Legislature starts:

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature finds that last year nearly nine hundred thousand voters approved Initiative Measure No. 1125. Postelection polling showed that an overwhelming majority of voters supported many of its major policies.  In focusing on those provisions10 the voters strongly support, this act would:

(1) Prohibit state government from diverting gas taxes and toll revenues in the motor vehicle fund and other funds to any other funds to be used for nontransportation purposes; and

(2) Require tolls to be dedicated to the project in which the tolls are paid, end such tolls when the project is completed, and only allow such tolls to be used for purposes consistent with Article II, section17 of the state Constitution.

The bill from Rep. Mike Armstrong and other Republicans would ban tolls that change based on time of day or traffic, as they do on Route 167 and Route 520.

It would prevent the state from tolling the I-90 bridge to pay for a new 520 bridge, or tolling I-5 to pay for a Route 167 extension. It would prevent the use of toll money for, say, bus stations.

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