Northwest NEWS

October 9, 2000

Editorial

Cutting transportation funding is like cutting off your nose to spite your face

I am proud to serve the people of Woodinville as a regular transit operator on the route 307. I was honored to be one of the operators who provided transportation service to the beautiful and spectacular Fourth of July fireworks in Woodinville.
   I love my work, this route and the people of Woodinville. That is what inspires me to commend to you the enclosed observations and warning written by my friend and colleague, Marc Auerbach.
   Is the asphalt paving industry completely shameless?
   They spent over $500,000 for paid signature collectors to put Initiative 745 on the ballot and they don't seem to understand why people are outraged.
   Asphalt Paving Association vice president David Spivey told the Seattle Times, "We felt if we hadn't helped, it would have been difficult to get (I-745) on the ballot."
   Like, duh, Mr. Spivey. It's supposed to be difficult. It is astonishing to me that we allow the initiative process to be corrupted by special interests. As Spivey admits, they basically bought space on the ballot.
   In fact, Initiative 745 mandates a minimum 50 percent cut in the share of transportation funding that goes to transportation choices like buses, rail and passenger ferries.
   We need better roads, but cutting public transportation in order to fund roads is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. It is certainly the wrong way to solve our traffic mess unless you happen to own an asphalt paving company.
   Marc Auerbach, Seattle