September 30, 2019
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'No on I-976' group launches TV ads; Seattle Times also opposes initiative



The “No on I-976” coalition of employers, organized labor and other community leaders has launched its first two television and digital ads.

The ads focus on the risks to public safety if the initiative should pass. The first features an engineer talking about the roads and bridges that wouldn’t receive $4 billion in important repairs and upgrades if the initiative passes.

The second features a Washington State Trooper discussing safety risks that would come if important transportation investments are curtailed by passage of the initiative.

Initiative 976 would take $2.3 billion from local governments across the state, including Sound Transit. The state would lose about $1.9 billion, according to the state Office of Financial Management.

“This really will take us backward,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told The Seattle Times in a news story looking at both sides of the initiative. “This is like sticking the car in reverse and flooring it.”

In a separate editorial last week, The Seattle Times strongly urged voters to reject the initiative.

“Nothing about I-976 is a good idea, in terms of responsible governance or prudent money management. [Tim] Eyman asks voters to buy a falsity that there’s some miraculous way to fund our state’s backlog of bridge, road and transit needs,” the newspaper wrote.

The initiative’s proponent, Tim Eyman, and a leading voice against the initiative, Steve Mullin of the Washington Roundtable, spoke to AWB’s board earlier this month at Policy Summit. After hearing from both sides, AWB’s board voted overwhelmingly to oppose I-976.



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The Times recommends: Reject car tabs Initiative 976 and its devastating effects

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

In his latest ballot measure, initiative promoter Tim Eyman is overreaching again. He conjures a fantasy world in which Washington's transportation infrastructure is complete, efficient and everlasting.

The real-life Initiative 976 is a direct threat to Washington's well-being. It would cut repairs to streets and bridges of 62 districts across the state, delay voter-approved mass transit in mid-construction and cost taxpayers more money in the long run. The statewide transportation budget, including highway construction and the State Patrol, would be shorted $4 billion over the next decade.

Little wonder large employers including Amazon, Alaska Airlines and Microsoft, business groups, city and county officials, unions and environmental concerns oppose I-976...

Nothing about I-976 is a good idea, in terms of responsible governance or prudent money management. Eyman asks voters to buy a falsity that there's some miraculous way to fund our state's backlog of bridge, road and transit needs. Because the courts cannot end this toxic nonsense quickly enough, voters must reject I-976 themselves.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times