Transportation taxes hot issue in governors race

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna says Washington will need to ask voters to support a tax package to fund the state’s multi-billion dollar transportation needs, but his Democratic counterpart, Jay Inslee, isn’t ready to support any specific financing plan.McKenna, the state’s attorney general, said that “in the next couple of years,” voters will need to consider a tax package to address the state’s transportation system.“I don’t know what will be in it yet, it’s too early to say,” McKenna told The Associated Press. “But when it comes to transportation, we’ve always relied on voter-approved revenues to preserve, maintain and improve transportation infrastructure.”Inslee, a former congressman, wouldn’t say whether he would support sending voters a transportation tax package, saying that much of whatever decision was made would be “dependent upon economic conditions and the rate of recovery of the state economy.” “I’m not proposing any financing package. I am not proposing any specific method of financing,” he said, but acknowledged that “at some point, our state will to have to figure out some way to finance these mega projects.”last_img read more