According to the latest Elway Poll, initiative whore Tim Eyman's I-1125 is gaining ground, with 56 percent of respondents now saying they would vote for it, up from 49 percent a month ago. I-1125 would prohibit variable rate tolling, require revenues only go to the corridor tolled, and bar Sound Transit's East Link light rail from crossing the I-90 bridge.
Okay. Fine. No doubt many voters statewide fully understand this as another "Fuck Seattle" initiative, one that screws with our ability to tax or toll ourselves to pay for the infrastructure we need to prosper, but largely has no impact on them. But it also couldn't pass without at least moderate, if minority, support here in King County.
So here's my proposal: Go ahead and pass I-1125 if it makes you happy. And in return I propose that we never build another inch of new state highway anywhere in the state ever again. Not a single inch. Ever.
And no replacing crumbling roadways and bridges either. When the 520 bridge sinks, it sinks. Tear down the Viaduct and be done with it. I-405...? Wide enough as it is. As is every other state road running through all 39 counties.
Honestly, if we don't want to pay for a state highway system, then we shouldn't have one. Period. So if the rest of the state is so eager to prevent the Puget Sound from tolling ourselves to help pay for our transportation needs, then I say eliminate the state gas tax while we're at it, and not build or fix anything. I'm done with roads. So fuck if I'm going to pay for the rest of the state to maintain theirs, when they refuse to let us choose for ourselves what to do with ours.