Washington Car/Bike Tax Proposal
This Seattle Times article details a $10 billion transportation package brought forth by House Democrats that would raise taxes on gasoline by 10 cents, increase car tabs and charge a fee on bike sales.
The fees would generate $10 billion dollars over a period of ten years that would get funneled into a number of highway and bridge projects. Now, I’m not a resident of Washington State and I’m not about to figure out the ratios on this, but I’m going to hope that whatever funds are raised through bicycle sales fees proportionately mirror the amount of funds spent on bicycle specific transportation needs, because as is explained in the article, it seems like all this money is going to benefit automobile traffic, save a bridge upgrade or two.
The bicycle sales fee was apparently an appeasement to drivers who feel cyclists “don’t pay their fair share”. Considering the benefits of cycling, low impact on roads, and subsidies to the automobile industry and its drivers, this sort of appeasement seems entirely unnecessary.
I won’t soapbox on this too much, however. If you are from the area and have a more nuanced perspective on this transportation package, feel free to add your opinions in the comment section.