Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As the Assistant Ranking Member of the House Transportation Committee, I want to tell you about an important issue we'll be discussing in the House Transportation Committee during the upcoming 2020 legislative session. The proposed road usage charge (RUC) – otherwise known as a pay-per mile charge is one of the top issues on my mind. This idea has been floating around for a couple of years as a possible way to replace decreasing revenue from the state's gas tax.
The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) conducted a year-long RUC pilot program during 2018 where 2,000 drivers reported their mileage. Their feedback from this pilot program is one of the many tools we, as policy makers, will use in our upcoming session to see whether this type of program could work in Washington state.
For more information on the pilot program, and general information about what a road usage charge program would look like, please visit https://waroadusagecharge.org/.
Act now! Take the Washington State Road Usage Charge survey
The WSTC is still collecting feedback regarding the road usage charge pilot program. I invite you to take their survey to include your input and thoughts. Your opinion matters and will provide vital information for the final report that the Commission presents to the Legislature in mid-December..
The RUC could impact many of you throughout the 26th District who commute on a regular basis.
Time is running out to take this survey, so act now and let your voice be heard. Comments need to be received by November 15. Click the link below to take the survey.
If you miss the deadline to provide your comments via this survey, I encourage you to contact my office with your thoughts, questions, and concerns.
It's my honor to serve you and fight for the issues you care about the most!
In strength and honor,