I-976 was a 2019 ballot measure that repeals state and local authority to impose certain vehicle taxes and fees, limits state and local license fees to $30, requires regional transit authorities to retired bonds early where allowed, and implements many other changes. These adjustments are projected to cause a massive reduction in revenue and delay major construction projects over the next decade. This study provides a detailed summary of the measure’s effects on Washington’s future transportation funding capabilities.

This study also examines the opposing and supporting campaign strategies employed prior to the ballot vote and analyses how they compare to the campaign ‘best practices’ TIAC has identified.

Case Study — Washington State — Initiative 976  (2020)