Reading the Tea Leaves

Proposition 1 up in Puget Sound, with $30B in transit funding and $16B in lane-miles for roads, went down Tuesday. There seem to be a variety of theories on why:

  • Voters were just saying “NO” to new taxes.
  • Voters wanted to pick and choose projects, rather than buy into a bundle.
  • Perhaps most intriguing, the Daily Score suggests that voters wanted an accounting of climate change impacts of the investments, and cites a number of ‘no’ recommendations from environmental and progressive organizations.

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