November 3, 2014
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Sound Transit floats $15 billion tax package for expanded commuter rail

Sound Transit is floating a possible 2016 ballot measure that would add $15 billion in new taxes to pay for a big expansion of mass transit. The measure would pay for bringing light rail to most, but possibly not all, of the highest priority destinations in Everett, Redmond, Eastgate, Issaquah, Federal Way, Tacoma, Ballard and West Seattle, according to The Seattle Times.

Sound Transit already collects the maximum car-tab tax and sales tax available to it under state law. That funding is paying for a three-pronged, 50-mile network that is expected to carry 280,000 passengers each day by 2030.



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Debate climate policies without undue influence from people like Tom Steyer

By Sam Reed, former Washington secretary of state

Some might wonder why there is such a fuss about Tom Steyer, the San Francisco hedge-fund billionaire who has spent $1.4 million this election season in an attempt to change control of the Washington state Senate. This isn't the first time we’ve seen out-of-state interests spending heavily to influence the outcome of elections in this state.

But what's at stake is more than just an election. Steyer's spending calls attention to a thorough political effort to promote climate-change policies in this state, which, if not implemented wisely, have the potential to wreak havoc on the Washington economy.

These policies could have a devastating impact on every citizen of Washington, in the form of higher fuel prices, higher electricity rates, job loss and other effects..
Click here for the full editorial by Sam Reed in The Seattle Times
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