At first, it would be a pilot program but if succesful, as the pilot was in Oregon, it would eventually replace our current per-gallon gas tax altogether. When KXLY asked watchers to weigh in on the possibility, the comments were overwhelmingly negative. Some sample comments are below- click to see them full size. There were a handful of respondents who pointed out that the roads are in terrible shape and we need a new way to pay to fix them. With cars more fuel efficient, the availability of alternative-fuel vehicles, and more people using public transit, the money raised by the gas tax is dropping and isn’t enough to cover our basic needs.
For the most part though, people who responded to the KXLY article called the idea “insane,” “communism,” and “big brother.”
Read the article (and the comments if you dare) here then feel free to let us know what your take is.
I did read all the comments yesterday, and I bet these are the same people complaining how bad our street, roads, and bridges are now. I guess they think the money will just magically appear to fix those streets and bridges. As for people from Idaho getting a free ride if the do this, I think they are getting a free ride now. How many Idaho drivers fill up in Washington? I will bet most all of them fill up in Idaho and pay Idaho gas tax not Washington Gas tax.
Lol it's funny you say that about these people being the ones to complain about road condition because I just told someone the same thing!
Idahoans are also using our transit system. There are a TON of ID license plates in the Liberty Lake Park and Ride.
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