Olympia Update

Taxing per mile punishes rural residents


March 16, 2023

OLYMPIA–As Washington state seeks to find a financial solution to fund road construction projects, address backlogs in transportation maintenance and preservation needs, and fix crumbling infrastructure like bridges, one idea that has gained traction (pun intended) is the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax.

The VMT is a fee charged to drivers based on the number of vehicle miles traveled, regar...

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