the Election Day defeat of a measure that would have raised fuel
taxes to pay for highway and transit work, the governor of Washington
says he would back a fuel tax increase without voter approval, The
Seattle Times reported Dec. 20.
the state's voters defeated Referendum 51, an $8.7 billion transportation
package that would have been powered by a fuel-tax hike.
public vote last month, the newspaper reported, the Legislature
can raise the fuel tax rate without an OK from voters. And while
Gov. Gary Locke says he isn't proposing an increase, he said he
would support a measure that would be much smaller than the defeated