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A recent drop in driving is a sign that people were largely heeding Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders. But when people drive less, they buy less gas. And when people buy less gas, they pay less in gas taxes. And when people spend less in gas taxes, the coffers of the state Department of Transportation – not to mention those of local governments and the state Legislature – start running on empty.
A wake-up call is coming to Manhattan motorists in the form of “congestion pricing.” Will this be Spokane’s future someday or just a dose of needed reality about the hodgepodge of funds and debt that keep our roads maintained?
The Good Roads Association proposed a sweeping $30 million plan to build permanent hard-surfaced roads all over the state.
The nation’s highest court has agreed to consider whether Yakama gas station owners are exempt from state gas taxes on the reservation.
The U.S. Solicitor General has recommended that the nation’s highest court consider whether Yakama tribal members are exempt from state gas taxes on the reservation.
One concept being considered is to charge by miles traveled, rather than gasoline consumed. It would be a true user fee and all drivers would pay, regardless of how vehicles are powered.
Washington state is launching a pilot project where 2,000 volunteers will pay a “mock tax on the number of miles they drive on Washington state roads, rather than on the amount of gas they use.”
Congress hasn’t raised the federal gas tax since 1993 when Bill Clinton was president, but a narrow majority of Americans would support an increase to help fix crumbling roads and bridges in their own states.
A proposed 10-year, $8.2 billion transportation infrastructure bill for Oregon has been unveiled.
A “rebuild the fleet” tax would have deep appeal even to those patriots who might otherwise reject raising any federal tax.
We can get on board a sincere attempt to replenish the U.S. Highway Trust fund and rescue commerce and everyday drivers from shabby roads. It’s long overdue.
President Donald Trump said he’s actively considering a breakup of giant Wall Street banks, giving a push to efforts to revive a Depression-era law separating consumer and investment banking.
The Montana House has endorsed what would be the state’s first fuel tax hike in 24 years.
With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 million next year and each year thereafter.
The House Transportation Committee has voted 10-7 in favor of Rep. Joe Palmer’s proposal to phase out, over five years, the more than $17 million in highway funds that currently go to the Idaho State Police, instead shifting that money to roads. ISP spoke against...
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
Bend voters have rejected the city’s plan to raise gas tax to pay for road improvements.
Idaho lawmakers made a mistake last year when they slapped an extra $75 annual registration fee on hybrid vehicles. That was the consensus of the Senate Transportation Committee this afternoon, as it unanimously backed legislation from Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, to repeal the new fee.