Initiative 976

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Thursday’s Washington Supreme Court ruling that struck down the car tabs initiative has brought relief to the people who look for money for transportation projects.

Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs calls the decision “a big win for the city.” He says it can continue to charge vehicle owners a $20-a-year to fund street and pedestrian improvements.

Local legislators say the ruling puts a spotlight on the need to find new ways to fund transportation projects.

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Spokane area state legislators have mixed feelings about today’s state Supreme Court ruling that the $30 car tab initiative is unconstitutional.

“This is a really serious thing and I’m disappointed," said Spokane Valley Republican Bob McCaslin, a member of the House Transportation Committee.

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Today on Inland Journal, two items about making improvements to Spokane County’s criminal justice system. We’ll hear about expanding a well-received program that pairs police officers and mental health professionals on patrol. And a task force studying Spokane’s criminal justice system is coming to consensus on a variety of measures meant to ease the pressure on the overcrowded jail.

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman has another initiative on the ballot this year, an effort to once again get annual car tabs down to $30. 

Steve Jackson spoke with Eyman about his proposal, and with Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane), who opposes the initiative.

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Washington initiative sponsor Tim Eyman is back with another ballot issue this year and once again it deals with car license fees.

Eyman is proposing Initiative 976, which would, once again, lower the annual vehicle fee to $30.