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Getting There: Congestion pricing isn’t coming to Spokane, but these roads aren’t free and never were

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 …

100 years ago in Spokane: Young burglar, unreformed, goes on city-wide crime spree

The Good Roads Association proposed a sweeping $30 million plan to build permanent hard-surfaced roads all over the state.

UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to review gas tax case involving Yakama Nation

The nation’s highest court has agreed to consider whether Yakama gas station owners are exempt from state gas taxes on the reservation.

Editorial: New way to finance roads needed

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 …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 11:33 a.m.

Getting There: With transportation funds coming up short, state eyes mileage tax

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 10:07 a.m.

Do you hate crumbling roads? Would you pay more to fix them?

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 …

Transportation package would increase gas taxes, fees

A proposed 10-year, $8.2 billion transportation infrastructure bill for Oregon has been unveiled.

Hewitt: Embrace gas tax as patriotic

A “rebuild the fleet” tax would have deep appeal even to those patriots who might otherwise reject raising any federal tax.

U.S. needs bridge to better infrastructure

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.

UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Trump weighs breaking up Wall Street banks, raising gas tax

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.

Montana House endorses first fuel tax hike in 24 years

The Montana House has endorsed what would be the state’s first fuel tax hike in 24 years.

UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Eye on Boise: Idaho tax coffers to get a boost from Amazon deal; Otter opposes grocery tax repeal

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 …

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 …

Bend voters reject proposal to raise gas tax, improve roads

Bend voters have rejected the city’s plan to raise gas tax to pay for road improvements.

Idaho lawmakers say new fee on hybrid cars a mistake, propose repeal

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, …

Sue Lani Madsen: Paying roads tax by the mile holds promise

Would you be a winner or a loser if Washington shifted from taxing drivers per gallon to taxing per mile? City dwellers with short trips look like obvious winners. People …

Editorial: Congress gets moving on transportation, bank

House passes long-overdue transportation package, with Ex-Im Bank hitching a ride.

Washington gas tax goes up Saturday

Washington’s gasoline tax goes up 7 cents Saturday but your price at the pump won’t automatically jump by that amount at 12:01 a.m. It could go up that much or …

Transportation package goes into effect

A package of transportation bills that includes an 11.9 cent gasoline tax increase and about $16 billion worth of projects around the state became law Wednesday. The first 7 cents …

Smart Bombs: Pledging to close minds

Business interests lobbied heavily for a transportation package, but Sen. Michael Baumgartner was the lone Republican in the Spokane area to vote for the gas-tax increase that will finance it. …

Washington Legislature wraps up session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature’s final day of the 2015 session went smoothly, in contrast to many of the 175 days that preceded it. The House moved swiftly to pass three …

$7.7 billion Washington transportation budget gets House OK

OLYMPIA – The House approved a transportation budget Thursday that includes money to repave nearly 2,100 miles of state highway, repair up to 50 structurally deficient bridges and continue work …

Idaho House, Senate at ‘impasse’ over transportation funding

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers worked into the evening Wednesday, but agreement on transportation funding eluded them. This morning, appointees from the state House and Senate will gather in a rare …

Idaho Senate approves gas tax increase

BOISE – Idaho senators passed a phased-in 10-cent increase in the gas tax Tuesday as part of a road funding plan that’s significantly higher than what the House approved earlier …

House Transportation Committee urged to raise gas tax, vehicle fees during hearing

OLYMPIA – A steady stream of business leaders and local government officials urged a House panel to raise the gasoline tax and several other vehicle fees and spend the projected …

Gas tax increase passes Washington Senate

OLYMPIA – A controversial package of higher taxes and fees which would raise gasoline taxes by 11.7 cents over three years passed the Senate Monday on a 27-22 vote. By …

Senate OKs shift in road project spending

OLYMPIA – The Senate approved a controversial shift in spending for major road projects Friday but had to delay a vote on increasing the gasoline tax to settle a question …

Bipartisan agreement sends $15 billion state highway bill to Senate

OLYMPIA – Bipartisan negotiations may have broken the Senate gridlock over how to fix problems with the state’s roads and bridges, generating a plan to spend nearly $15 billion over …

Editorial: State needs to act soon on gas tax increase

When legislators debated a gas-tax increase at this time last year, the statewide average price per gallon was $3.32, according to AAA. On Wednesday, it was $2.15 statewide and $1.76 …

No conclusions on proposal to raise gas tax

OLYMPIA – A proposal to raise the gasoline tax by 11.5 cents over three years and spend $12.3 billion on transportation projects and maintenance of existing structures generated four solid …