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Jul 23, 2015

Inslee, don’t derail hard-won transportation deal


LAST week, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a $16.2 billion transportation-investment package that had been hammered out over two years of grueling negotiations with lawmakers. It is a very good, well-balanced deal for Washington state. It includes funding to finish the Highway 520 bridge and other megaprojects, and provides transit grants. It is well worth the 11.9-cent-per-gallon gas-tax increase.

Within days, however, Inslee began floating political trial balloons for a move that could potentially undermine this deal and wipe away more than $1.1 billion in funding for non-highway, transit and biking projects, according to the Puget Sound Regional Council.

What Inslee is considering doing would be a mistake for several reasons.

Read More: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/inslee-dont-derail-hard-won-transportation-deal/

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California
  • Dec. 1, 2014 $3.05
  • This Week $2.99
Avg. Price per gallon of gasoline
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Prior to CA Fuel Standard:

Californians paid $0.27 more per gallon than the national average

(December 1, 2014)
Under CA fuel standard:

Californians now pay an average of $0.67 MORE per gallon than the national average
National
  • Dec. 1, 2014 $2.78
  • This Week $2.32
Avg. Price per gallon of gasoline
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Unlike the rest of the country, including Washington State, California has not benefitted nearly as much from the recent drop in gasoline prices.

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Washington
  • Dec. 1, 2014 $3.02
  • This Week $2.58
Avg. Price per gallon of gasoline
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Prior to CA Fuel Standard:

Washingtonians paid $0.03 less per gallon than Californians

(December 1, 2014)
Without a fuel standard:

Washingtonians now pay an average of $0.41 LESS per gallon than Californians

Governor Inslee and his supporters can call it whatever they want, but for the rest of us a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) is nothing more than a costly hidden gas tax. And imposing hidden taxes of this magnitude, along with other more visible fuel taxes also being considered by legislators, would easily make our state one of the highest taxing states with respect to fuel. That means every Washington State consumer, family, small business, farmer and local government will be paying the price. That’s not good for family budgets, job creation or economic growth.

Governor Inslee and many legislators in Olympia are now pushing a massive, costly agenda similar to California’s emissions reduction program. And we’ll likely see the same results: anemic job creation, businesses fleeing the state and higher costs for fuel and other goods and services. Worse yet, the benefits are few and hard to quantify in terms of what environmental improvements, if any, Washingtonians will see as a result of higher costs they will be forced to pay at the pump and elsewhere.

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