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Initiative 976

Election results

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Option Votes Pct
Yes 83,369 54.27%
No 70,251 45.73%

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Rep. Andrew Barkis and Rep. Bob McCaslin: Our state can have both $30 car tabs and sustainable transportation funding

Despite nearly 53% of the vote statewide, a coalition formed quickly to file lawsuits and prevent Initiative 976 from being implemented. This is unfortunate.


Legislature opens on historic note amid plenty of protests

The Legislature opened its 2020 season on a historic note with Tacoma attorney Laurie Jinkins, a five-term legislator, sworn in as the first woman and first lesbian to be elected as speaker of the House of Representatives.


Spin Control: I-976 fallout fuels split in state

Rancor over Initiative 976, stoked by its creator, fuels an us-versus-them feeling in Washington.


Wondering what you owe for that December license tab? Here’s how to find out

Washington motorists wondering how much they must pay to renew their December license tabs may have to wait for weeks to get the official notice from the state Department of Licensing.


Confusion swirls around local transit projects with car tab measure stuck in court

As court battles continue over the future of Initiative 976 – the $30 car tab measure approved by voters last month – questions about how it will affect local projects persist.


Car tab break set for today delayed, as Supreme Court continues block on lower fees

Hoping for a break on your license tab fees? It’s still in the courts.


Second challenge of order blocking I-976 filed with Supreme Court

A second legal maneuver to allow Initiative 976 to take effect this week and lower the cost of vehicle license tabs was filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.


State puts portion of North Spokane freeway on hold in response to I-976

More than $90 million in Spokane-area transportation funding has been delayed due to last month’s passage of Initiative 976 by Washington state voters.


Judge blocks Eyman’s $30 car tab measure

A King County Superior Court judge temporarily halted the Dec. 5 implementation of Initiative 976, which would limit car tabs to $30 a year, eliminate a host of programs that fund local road projects and dismantle some transit agencies.


Garfield County joins Western Washington transportation players in suing over car-tab initiative

Initiative 976 could shutter the small southeast Washington county’s transportation authority, a lifeline for many elderly and rural residents on fixed incomes who need rides to regional hubs. The Garfield County organization is the only one outside of the Puget Sound which has sued to overturn the $30 car-tab initiative, approved by Washington voters earlier this month.


State to prepare for $478 million in transportation cuts

State lawmakers looking to trim some $478 million from the transportation budget during 2020 session.


No sign of recession for Washington, economists say

Washington may see a slowing economy in the next few years, but a recession does not appear to be on the horizon, the state’s economist told legislative leaders Wednesday.


Spin Control: Time for filing election challenges and grousing about ignoring ‘will of the voters’

It’s that time of the year for filing election challenges and complaining about those challengers ignoring the will of the people.


Ferguson says his office can defend I-976 from legal challenges

Attorney general likely to ignore calls to hire outside lawyers to defend Initiative 976.


Agencies, lawmakers scramble to fill $4 billion pothole from I-976

State agencies and lawmakers are looking for solutions to the loss of billions of dollars that would have come from Initiative 976.



Spokane City Council members would consider asking voters to keep car registration fees after passage of I-976

A majority of Spokane City Council members said they are open to asking voters to reinstate an annual $20 car registration fee, or find other tax sources, to fund local road maintenance projects, after state voters repealed the local car tab and other similar fees under Initiative 976. The willingness to consider reinstating the tax illustrates the city’s reliance on the local registration fee, even in the face of solid approval of the ballot measure, which was ostensibly about strictly limiting vehicle registration fees to $30.


Initiative limiting vehicle registration fees jumps out to solid lead in early count

Spokane voters gave a big win to Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax initiative strictly limiting vehicle registration fees to $30 a year, according to election results Tuesday.


Timm Ormsby and Alisha Benson: I-976 bad news all around

I-976 is bad news for everyone who lives and works in the Spokane region..


Spokane Airport board, West Plains Development Authority announce opposition to I-976

The Spokane Airport board of directors voted Thursday to oppose Initiative 976, joining the board of the West Plains Development Authority, which officially registered its opposition last week.