The Seattle Times is reporting that the latest Elway Poll carries terrible news for those pushing a 10-cent increase in the gas tax and other fees to improve maintenance of state highways, boost transit and complete several mega-projects.
All told, 72 percent of 412 polled voters opposed the phase-in of gas taxes at a rate of 2 cents a year for five years and 62 percent opposed an increase in vehicle tab fees. The polling was conducted Feb. 28 to March 2 and had an error margin of 5 percent, the Times said. It linked the full poll results here.
Which suggests the steep climb for House Transportation Committee chair Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island, is even steeper than many thought. Clibborn outlined a $10 billion package last month
Gov. Jay Inslee campaigned last year on waiting a year before pushing for a transportation-tax package, saying the public trust needed to be earned. More recently he has signaled that he wants the Legislature to get a tax package job done this year – and in Olympia, not by going to the ballot.
A coalition of interests including the Washington Roundtable, Washington State Labor Council and environmental groups has formed a working group to push for a package this year, while other commercial interests including the Association of Washington Business and the Associated General Contractors of Washington have shown interest in a tax-package that deals with freight-delivery and highway improvements.