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Reporter Newspapers: King County Struggles To Fund Roads And Bridges; program is underfunded by roughly $250 million annually

“Funding for roads and bridges in King County has been dwindling for years, and despite warnings as far back as 2014, money for capital investments in unincorporated areas is still set to run out within the next six years. The scope of the problem has been well documented in various studies, including the 2017 annual bridges report released last August. The county owns or maintains 182 bridges that range in age from 10 to 100 years old, with the median age being 65 — or 15 years older than their typical useful lifespan.”

— Aaron Kunkler

Crosscut: Tim Eyman’s latest initiative would undo local transportation choices

“We cannot, with integrity, complain about the transportation options in our region and simultaneously defund the projects meant to correct the problems. We cannot say we want people to have a livable wage in our region, and insist on deleting their salaries from our coffers.”

— Lola E. Peters

KING5: Initiative would take a nearly $7 billion bite out of Sound Transit’s revenue

“The initiative by Tim Eyman would drive a ‘significant amount of tax revenue’ away from projects and services, a statement from the agency reads. That includes building out the 116-mile light rail system that will eventually stretch from Tacoma to Everett and east to Redmond, Kirkland, and Issaquah. It would also impact plans for more rapid transit bus service, and expansion of the Sounder service.”

— Kipp Robertson

The Urbanist: Tim Eyman Is Back with Another Anti-Transportation Initiative, and It’s Going to the Ballot

“Eyman’s initiative misrepresents the truth of transportation and administrative costs. In fact, the initiative does not even remove state statute that allows the Washington State Department of Licensing to continue collecting additional fees, such as ensuring the cost of plate reflection is covered. The obsession with a $30 flat rate car tab obfuscates the increasing processing costs and basic maintenance, repair, and expansion of transportation facilities across the state. After all, the gas tax is limited in scope and itself falls short of covering the laundry list of transportation investments that state and local governments must make. Voters would be wise to make sure this initiative ends up in the dust bin of history instead of law.”

— Stephen Fesler