So who was paying more than they were getting? Well, sorry, but it's you, Spokane. Spokane County, Clark County and Yakima County each got back only 74 cents for every dollar in gas tax they sent to Olympia. (Poor Whatcom County got a paltry 61 cents.)
When asked to defend this -- and he was, a lot, during the most recent gas tax hike -- former Sen. Jim West used to respond that it doesn't do Spokane motorists much good if the highway turns to a goat trail at the county line.