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  225,014 signatures could help trash gas tax
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Last EditedRalphie  Jun 09, 2005 08:35am
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News DateThursday, June 9, 2005 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGov. Christine Gregoire and the Democrat-led Legislature ignored the will of the people this year when they increased the tax on gasoline by 9.5 cents a gallon, according to an anti-tax group that launched an initiative this week to "tank" the new tax.

Initiative 912 sponsor, NoNewGasTax.com, is enlisting the help of more than 11,000 volunteers statewide to gather the 225,014 valid signatures needed by July 8 to put the measure on the ballot this fall.

"We have 30 days," spokesman Brett Bader said of the tight deadline. "It wouldn't be the first time someone had done this, but it would be one of the few times."

Bader said anger and resentment about the new taxes is fueling a robust effort to repeal them.

"We have raised more than $100,000 all in small contributions," he said. "This was a bad idea at the wrong time. The voters rejected a 9-cent-a-gallon gas tax in 2002, and since that time the Legislature has raised the gas tax by 14.5 cents a gallon. Olympia simply isn't listening."

The Legislature passed the tax this session in a contentious but bipartisan vote. It is intended to help jump start an Alaskan Way Viaduct and state Route 520 rebuild, expansion of Interstate 405 and hundreds of other highway safety projects around the state.

As passed, the gas tax increase will be phased in over four years, beginning with a 3-cent boost in July. The tax now is 28 cents a gallon.
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