Goldy reports on a press conference on the possibility of getting a transit package in a special session.
Both Inslee and Constantine spoke about the importance of including additional tax authority for King County in the package to stave off a projected 17 percent cut in Metro bus service. But it’s not clear that even a November special session can come soon enough to prevent some cutbacks. The transportation package that passed the House—the one Inslee said he was ready to press the “go” button on if the Senate passed it—would give King County the authority to raise up to a 1.5 percent Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (MVET), but only on approval of voters. A special election would take months to mount, and implementation would take months more. But Metro will run through its reservers by the end of June, 2014.
I hope we can get a transit package that gives King County a chance to tax ourselves as we want. I’m not thrilled with tying that to spending money on roads, but fine, whatever. And I hope it actually saves Metro from serious cuts. But if Metro is cut, I hope it’s disproportionately from Rodney Tom’s district. I want people to be in this together, but Rodney Tom has personally made the Senate an unworkable pile of bullshit. So yeah, the cuts should hurt his district more than the rest of us. As long as he has no incentive to be decent, he won’t be.