By now, anyone reading this blog for more than 60 seconds knows my position on the gas tax increase.
Typically, I would blast anyone who supports such an increase. In this instance, however… I can’t quite be so black and white about the issue.
The logic of the situation appeals to me. They had the votes to get this passed. If it passes and Curtis is a “no,” we get nothing, and our 9.5 cents ALL goes to Seattle.
If it passes and Curtis is a “yes,” then at least SOME of that increase stays here and at least some of those 9.5 cents do NOT go to Seattle.
Folks… I’m FROM Seattle and I’m here to tell you: Seattle is a GREAT place… to be from.
So… there we have it. I imagine a bunch of folks are a little upset at Rep. Curtis. At first, I was as well.
But given the circumstances, the idea that Curtis would risk losing these projects to protect a policy of never voting for ANY tax increase simply doesn’t make sense to me.
I remain opposed to increasing the gas tax for reasons previously stated. But I also understand why Curtis did what he did and I can live with that.