Road and transit tax proposals may surface on Washington's 2012 ballot
In mid-March, following the House proposal for a $8.9 billion transportation budget, legislators announced that voters should expect to see road and transit tax proposals on the ballot as soon as 2012. Such proposals include a recommended gas tax. Rep. Mike Armstrong said, "New revenue is going to be needed. I’m not sure a gas tax is going to be part of it." Lawmakers are reportedly still weighing various revenue sources.
Lawmakers said that any proposed tax plans will most likely head to voters, instead of being decided in Olympia. The required referral stems from 2010's voter-approved Initiative 1053 which requires that legislative actions raising taxes must be approved by two-thirds legislative majorities or receive voter approval, and that new or increased fees require majority legislative approval.