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for which do I vote city council

by Urban E
on 10/27/2011 @ 9:42am
I need a resolution or somethin to tell me how to vote on 1125. Because the way I see it maybe money from the motor vehicle fund should only be used for transportaion projects and tolls be project specific.

by jenyum on 10/27/2011 @ 9:52am
We've already got a budget hole of 2 billion dollars to try to close in this special legislative session.  The money has already been allocated according to the current system, Tim Eyman would like to watch the state scramble to keep the remaining transportation money from circling the drain.  
The initiative would kill a voter-approved plan to build light rail across the I-90 floating bridge, and turn every future toll into a huge statewide political battle.

Please vote no on 1125.  What a mess.

by fredo on 10/27/2011 @ 9:57am

I'm voting yes on I-1125The initiative would restrict the states use of tolling authority. The tolls would have to be used for the specific project upon which they are collecting the toll. The state couldn't, for example, collect a toll on the narrows bridge and then put that money into the general fund. It would have to go towards the bridge. Vote however you want, but I'm voting yes.  

by jenyum on 10/27/2011 @ 10:14am
Currently tolls are set by an independent non-partisan commission of experts. (They aren't a tool for bulking up the general fund.)

If 1125 passed, Washington would be the only state in the country in which tolls are set by the legislature.  Some things really don't need to be political.

by fredo on 10/27/2011 @ 10:22am

  "Currently tolls are set by an independent non-partisan commission of experts" I thought they were appointed by the legislature. 

by NineInchNachos on 10/27/2011 @ 10:25am
never vote YES on a Tim Eyman initiative 

by jenyum on 10/27/2011 @ 10:37am
Tolls are set by the Washington State Transportation Commission.  Commissioners are appointed by the governor and usually serve six year terms.  They are relatively shielded from electoral politics.

by Urban E on 10/27/2011 @ 10:39am
NIN, you're not suggesting you like radar cameras are you? Because Eyman can help if you don't. I don't really think he's out to make our state fail.  
I'm not so concerned who sets the bill because it can't be more than reasonable and why should I care if I-90 has light rail when I can't even get a LINK extension in my own town. Remember that ST vote they gave a resolution for? Our council told us how to vote then so I figured I'd ask.

by NineInchNachos on 10/27/2011 @ 10:42am
Eyman is satan in a sunday hat.  He is not your friend. 

by tacoma1 on 10/27/2011 @ 11:11am
1125 is an odd one. Eyman claims to distrust govt and now he wants to give the legislature the authority to set tolls.

I don't want that Camano Island hairdresser deciding how much to charge to cross the narrows bridge. It's a fallacy that the legislature is accountable and can be unelected if we don't like the tolls. We can't vote for or against Mary Margaret Haugen (State transportation chair). And she has proven she only cares about her district. Any community without political representation on the tolling committee could really get f'd. Since T-town isn't the biggest political force in the State, I think we would have a lot to lose here.

I'm definitely voting no on this one.

by tacoma1 on 10/27/2011 @ 5:14pm
The Stranger has an interview with Kemper Freeman who personally bankrolled 1125.