Seattle Times: Local News:The Senators propose multiyear, 15-cent gas tax hike

OLYMPIA: Senate transportation leaders today proposed a 15 cent per gallon increase in the state gasoline tax, to be slowly phased in over the next 12 years.

Um.. Wow – we already pay $.28 a gallon in taxes on fuel, and now they want to tack on another $.15? Thats $.43 a gallon in taxes alone.

More then likely, the answer is not new and higher taxes, but rather a re-allocation of existing funds.

Washington State took in $752,000,000 in Fuel Tax in ‘03. Assuming that everything stays the same, they want us to pay out $1,150,000,000 in fuel taxes!

The plan also includes a gross-weight fee on cars, sports utility vehicles and small trucks, as well as local-option tax increases for cities and counties.

So our tabs are on the way up as well. What happened to the Flat Tabs?

This is just getting silly. Higher and more complex taxes do not engender a stronger economy – they weaken it. We need to take the message to Olympia – No More Taxes! Spend the billions that you take in as if it were your paycheck! No more stupid spending.