Gov. Jay Inslee should remove fuel standards from negotiations
After three years of negotiations, state Senate transportation leaders recently announced bipartisan agreement on a $15 billion, 16-year funding plan. They say they’re ready to get the legislative process moving. That process has begun, as key elements of the proposal passed the Senate Transportation Committee last week.
The plan rests primarily on a phased-in, 11.7-cent-per-gallon gas-tax increase. Additional funding would come from various fee increases. Gas tax dollars are constitutionally dedicated to highway purposes. The other funding may be used for transit, bike lanes and the like.