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Vehicle miles tax needs fair evaluation

Whatever the objections, the state needs to consider alternatives. It also needs to consider the alternatives on their own merits; the state’s eventual evaluation of the pilot program needs to take an unstinting look as to whether it is fair and workable

Senate proposal raises gas tax

OLYMPIA – The coalition controlling the Washington Senate released a $12 billion transportation package that would raise gasoline taxes by 11.5 cents a gallon over three years and finish several major projects, including Spokane’s north-south freeway. They said they have support from 13 of their members – half the ruling caucus – meaning they’d need 12 votes from minority Democrats to pass the package and 17 to approve the bonds necessary to pay for some projects.

Getting There: GOP offers alternative to hiking gas tax

Failure this summer of a proposed 10.5-cent increase in Washington’s gas tax to fund big transportation projects such as the North Spokane Corridor has caused some state lawmakers to seek new ways to stretch existing funds. Last week, Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, released a package of transportation reforms that would free up money for more construction.