(In answer to someone objecting that taxes in Washington State are too high.)
Washington state gas taxes are higher than the national average,
but that's 10¢ a gallon. There's 8 states higher and our climate
is pretty hard on roads. (Source: http://www.gaspricewatch.com/web_gas_taxes.php.)
Here, here's a table of revenues from 2016: https://ofm.wa.gov/washington-data-research/statewide-data/washington-trends/revenue-expenditures-trends/state-local-government-revenue-sources.
The biggest chunk are the sales and the B&O tax, the next largest
is the property tax. That's over 50%. All the other taxes are less than
Here's a pie chart of expenditures: https://ofm.wa.gov/washington-data-research/statewide-data/washington-trends/revenue-expenditures-trends/state-local-government-expenditures-function. Highways are7%. Local roads aren't even a separate category; I think they fall in the 9.2% “other” wedge.
We know where the money goes and it isn't being wasted. This isn't New Jersey.
look, I get that you hate paying high car tabs. You know something? So
do I. When my family was broke, the sales and B+O taxes hurt a lot and
car tabs were a rotten cherry on top. But we have to pay somehow or we
have no roads, we have no schools, we have no … Washington is not a poor
state. It's a very rich one. And yet we cannot agree to fund
infrastructure and education.