Revised take on 2.5% fare increase and I-1053

Apparently I-1053 does not impact the 2.5% fare increase approved by the WSTC last November. Here is an update from the Kitsap Sun, published 12/22/10.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office says that the state can move ahead with ferry fare increases because they were approved before a voter-approved initiative dealing with taxes and fees took effect.

A legal memo sent to state officials Wednesday says that Initiative 1053 has no affect on fare increases approved by the state Transportation Commission on Nov. 15.

The memo clarified an informal opinion issued earlier by the attorney general’s office that said the commission couldn’t raise ferry fares or impose or raise tolls without a legislative vote.

I-1053 requires the Legislature to get a majority vote on fee increases and two-thirds majority on tax-hike votes rather than the simple majority required for most legislation. It took effect Dec. 2.

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Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

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