KOMO: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced his 12-year, $12 billion plan for rebuilding the state’s transportation infrastructure. He said a third of the cost will be covered by a new tax on carbon pollution.
The governor expects the state to collect $400 million a year from the state’s worst polluters. Other expected sources of income for transportation include nearly $4 billion in tolls and other fees, plus more than $3 billion in construction bonds.
Inslee released his transportation plan on Tuesday at a news conference overlooking the new floating bridge, which is under construction on Lake Washington. The transportation budget items for the next 12 years the governor plans to propose to the Legislature include the following:
• Completing the bridge on state Route 520 with $1.4 billion in state dollars.
• Spending another $1.3 billion on Interstate 405 between Bellevue and Renton.
• Another $2 million for work on state highways 509 and 167 and Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.
• About $278 million for Interstate 5 improvements near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
• About $432 million for work on U.S. 395 from Francis to the Spokane River.
The governor says more than half the state dollars will go toward new construction and economic development. A quarter will be aimed at maintenance, operations and preservation, and 20 percent goes to clean transportation and public transportation.
Some of the comments from the article:
- “Carbon pollution” In a world full of stupid memes, this has to be one of the most idiotic.
- Same #@ &! different day from our governor. Bleh!
- Inslee is lying anyway. This new tax money will be pumped right into the teacher’s union.
- Washington’s transportation infrastructure is crumbling and inadequate, but the Wash DOT is also demonstrably incompetent. I say clean house before they get another dime.
- More tax money out of our pockets? For yet another transportation plan? Haven’t we been down this road before?
- No, no more money until they fix the mess under the waterfront and the mess of 520 and its faulty concrete and super high tolls. Done. I’m so so done. Fix those projects first, then we’ll talk about more money. But not before.
Washington state voters have not elected a republican governor since 1981. I am so glad I moved out of that liberal-infested state!