WA State Measure 912 – Vote Yes to Stop Gas Tax Increase

Okay, local politics. I apologize, but hey, this is my blog I get to do what I want.

Vote YES on 912

In the Washington State general election 2005, ballot measure 912, brought by the people to repeal a ridiculous scheme by our legislators to cram a gas tax increase down our throats. Originally this tax increase was simply going to happen with no word whatsoever from the people. Had 912 not been brought to attempt to stop them, we’d have ended up with an additional nearly 10 cents per gallon tax on each and every gallon of gas! If the high cost of living is a consideration, wouldn’t the ridiculous price of gas be a factor in deciding to relocate to Washington State?

Why Some Ballot Measures are Confusing: When Yes Means No

Because 912 is brought to stop a tax increase, the wording is confusing. Does yes mean no? It’s one of those type things. In this case, Yes means No, so vote Yes on 912 if you do not want to pay another 10 cents per gallon of gas, and it’s that simple. Vote Yes means No More Gas Taxes, We are Paying Through the Nose Already Thank You Very Much.

Find Another Way to Fund the Road Projects

Yes, we need improvements to our roads but funding it on the backs of the poor is not the way to go. We already have threats of losing our public transportation, and this would only make that worse. Vote YES on 912, and if you are a resident of Washington State or have any friends or relatives here, please take a minute to send them an e-mail or give them a call and suggest they also vote YES on 912.

Thanks, and now back to our regularly scheduled programming …

Stop the Increase in Gas Tax for Washington State

Okay, this has nothing to do with weight loss, unless you consider the weight of your hard earned money, but here’s the deal:

In Washington State we already have one of the highest gas tax rates in the country. Now, with no real announcement or warning, our legislature is quieting introducing a proposed nearly 10 cent per gallon tax to take effect very soon! The only way to stop this new tax is to get the word out and have all registered voters who’d rather not be skinned alive at the gas pump sign the petition to Stop the Gas Tax!

History of Gas Taxes in Washington State:

From an article at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Bader said, “The voters rejected a 9-cent-a-gallon gas tax in 2002, and since that time the Legislature has raised the gas tax by 14.5 cents a gallon. Olympia simply isn’t listening.”

Timing is simply wrong for this, especially since the residents of Washington State are already paying 28 cents a gallon in taxes! No wonder our gas prices are so high! It’s not the hapless gas station owners who are robbing us blind, but our very own legislature.

Money is needed, yes, but this is the wrong time to add further to the burden of the citizens in this most basic of needs. The price of gas will likely rise, and meanwhile our gas tax sits right on top, ensuring we’ll always be paying far more than everyone else. The trickle-down effect has already started, where business owners must rise prices to help offset the higher costs of fuel, and it hits the worker hardest since employers aren’t likely to increase wages to offset our higher costs of living.

As passed, the gas tax increase will be phased in over four years, beginning with a 3-cent boost in July, 2005.

The tax package also includes new tolls, local taxes and weight fees on cars, light trucks and SUVs. The full gas tax increase and weight fee will cost motorists $67 to $172 a year, depending on vehicle size. So, if you’d like to spend more each and every year to license your vehicle (this only a couple years after we finally got equitable licensing fees in Washington State), then sign this petition now!

I am coordinating the efforts for Clark County, but no matter where you live in Washington State you can get a petition, just go to NoNewGasTax.com and request one. If you are anywhere in Clark County, send me your request and I’ll get one out to you. There are also pickup locations at a few places.

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If anyone in Clark County (or any county) would like to help me in getting signatures