Skip to comments.Gregoire proposes new fuel tax to fund education (WA)
Posted on 12/18/2012 4:46:14 PM PST by jazusamo
OLYMPIA Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed higher taxes on gas, soda, candy and gum Tuesday in order to avoid more government cuts and to help fund education in response to a court order.
In her final budget plan, Gregoire said a budget without new revenues would force the closure of state parks, eliminate food assistance programs and cause additional cuts in education.
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Gregoire is in leftist liberal lala land.
there is way too much money in education. i vote against everything trhat gives any money to education. education is like the feral government; if they were private companies they would be out of business for gross incompetence.
Isn’t WA’s gas tax already the highest in the US? Liberals never have enough money from/control over us. They are never satisfied. They are despots.
Education: When will they ever have enough money?
School systems are a bottomless pit. Give every dime of taxes collected and they will still ask for more.
That was what the original concept of the lottery was for. Now all lottery ticket prices go into the general fund. New lie.
WA is ranked 9th in tax and other fees but 2nd in gas tax alone as of Jan. 2012. I guess Gregoire is going for number 1 overall.
Just start taking money out of people’s bank accounts, Christine. If they have money in the bank it means they have more than they need. Just take it. You know you want to.
She’d do that if she thought she could, believe it.
Rumored here in WA as destined for a spot in Obuma's next cabinet.
Once again confirming: Deadwood floats.
And the results will be even worse.
And the results will be even worse.
That’s the basic rule my wife and I live by...any ballot item that provides for “education” gets an automatic “NO”!!
There is never enough to feed this insatiable beast. And each new generation of sucker taxpayers agrees that we need new taxes “for the children.”
More money always equals poorer performance. Why the Hell reward crappy performance? Just look at the Detroit numbers that came out last week.
Isn’t the LIB rant “for the children” a tad tiresome?
The taxes/permits from the timber industry was/is for education. Shutting down vast areas to save the Spotted Owl, streams, hillsides, etc. and that industry has declined a HUGE amount.
“For the children” became hackneyed and trite 20 years ago. It’s WAY beyond retirement age. But its like sex...each new generation thinks they invented it.
Gas taxes by state (Wash has a ways to go to beat the REALLY blue states)
The first thing Gregoire did when she was elected in '04 was raise the gas tax. At that time it was to fix the roads and bridges. But, those projects have gone unfinished even though the tax hike went through. Now they want more money to waste and as usual, it's "for the children".
Remember when Queen Christine promised in 2004, in her bid for election, that she would not raise taxes in her first year of office? Dino Rossi, the GOP candidate, told Washington’s electorate not to believe her. True to her DemonRAT DNA she raised the gasoline tax by 9.5-cents-a-gallon at a time when gas prices were going up (Some people think that the nation’s increase in gas prices at that time precipitated the Housing Market Collapse). She also raised taxes on cigarettes, liquor, hospitals, and vehicles. She also re-established an estate tax after a previous version had been struck down by the courts.
To add to the insult, this new gas tax was to be spent primarily in King County—the hell with the rest of the state.
Did Gregoire’s new taxes help? Have they gone where they were promised? I have not found anything on the web to look at this subject. All we know is, with all this new revenue, why is Gregoire going after more of Washington’s citizen’s life’s blood?
I believe that WA law says that gas taxes can only be used for transportation purposes. That does NOT include education.
As I recall, there was a local initiative to extend the old World's Fair Monorail line several miles.
As I recall, that initiative failed.
However, the special tax to pay for the extension did pass.
The Monorail extension was canceled, but Seattle KEPT the tax that was supposed to pay for the project!
How is it that some people are able to find the dollars for a good education no matter how many obstacles are thrown their way, while others are able to find the obstacles to a good education no matter how many dollars are thrown their way?
What the law says and what the liberal legislature does are two different things. Under the guise of "appropriations" they transfer money wherever they want it at the moment depending on the political issue of the day.
The city took their property using eminent domain claiming that they needed it for a construction yard for equipment and materials to be used on the Monorail extension. Of course, the property was never given back. I think the same thing happened to business owners along the proposed route extension.