By Carolyn Kramer, manager, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on July 15 signed a bill into law that gradually increases the state gas tax by 11.9 cents-per-gallon over the next two years. It also raises transportation-related fees to generate an estimated $16 billion over the next 16 years for transportation infrastructure maintenance and modernization.
Now, an in-depth case study of the 2015 Washington state gas tax increase is available from the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC). The report includes the history of the state’s gas tax, the demonstrated need for an increase, the breakdown of the legislation and how it was passed, as well as who supported and who opposed the bill.
The TIAC staff researches and prepares detailed case studies of recent successful—and unsuccessful—state and local legislative and ballot initiative campaigns aimed at increasing transportation infrastructure investment. For each case, the studies dig into the politics, issues, media and major players involved in the effort. You’ll also find a summary of successful campaign “Best Practices” gleaned from this research.
To view other case studies, visit the “Campaign Case Studies” tab at the TIAC website. Monitor other ongoing transportation funding and financing developments through the TIAC “Blog.” If you would like to contribute information to this effort, please contact the TIAC staff.