I-985 qualifies

July 24, 2008 by · Comments Off on I-985 qualifies
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It’s on the ballot:

Secretary of State Sam Reed said Friday that Initiative 985, sponsored by initiative activist Tim Eyman, collected enough valid voter signatures to win a spot on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. 

Of course, the article simply accepts the spin that I-985 is “designed to ease traffic congestion.” It’s not. It does a few things to reduce congestion. But it does some other things that are likely to increase rush-hour congestion, like shorten the hours that HOV lanes operate — which can actually reduce the number of trips that a highway can handle.

But mostly it just raids the state General Fund, transferring money from rural areas to pay for King County road and street projects.