Car tab collection at risk for Sound Transit with O’Ban amendment to transportation Budget

By Steve O'Ban | Published on March 23, 2017
Sound Transit faces a new hurdle for their notoriously inflated car tab valuations—the Senate transportation budget. An amendment to the Senate transportation budget passed the Senate Transportation Committee today that would prohibit the Department of Licensing (DOL) from collecting a motor vehicle excise tax for a regional transportation authority unless Senate Bill 5893 is enacted.... Read More

Senator King tells transit agency to consider soldiers and find a fair solution

By Curtis King | Published on March 16, 2017
Before he adjourned a recent working session of the Senate Transportation Committee, Sen. King urged Sound Transit officials to consider the impact their car tab tax valuations were having on soldiers.  Sen. King related how soldiers had come to him and described struggling to make ends meet.  He said they told him that they didn’t... Read More

Senate majority unites behind measure to stop unfair Sound Transit taxes

By Steve O'Ban | Published on March 16, 2017
New O’Ban-Rossi bill would prohibit state from collecting taxes for regional agency Yesterday, the Senate’s Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus increased pressure on Sound Transit to treat its taxpayers fairly by proposing that the state Department of Licensing stop collecting the transit agency’s inflated car-tab taxes. “If Sound Transit wants to tax people on a false vehicle... Read More

Committee to put reform bills first when transportation-package discussion begins today

By Curtis King | Published on February 17, 2015
Today’s Senate Transportation Committee meeting will feature the start of public hearings on the proposed bipartisan transportation package announced this past week.   The eight bills slated for hearings today constitute the reform leg of the 11-bill package. “The residents of this state have spoken loud and clear that they want to see changes in the... Read More

O’Ban critical of Inslee’s weak response to JBLM/I-5 traffic congestion

By Steve O'Ban | Published on December 18, 2014
Sen. Steve O’Ban, R- Pierce County, who has been working for years to alleviate traffic congestion on Interstate 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is disappointed that JBLM traffic problems are largely ignored by Gov. Jay Inslee’s new transportation proposal. “I would like to have seen the governor prioritize his project list better. Of course every... Read More