Could it be the developer and pavement crowd may have finally learned their lesson after the devastating defeat they experienced back in 2002? Three years ago the contingent blew over four million dollars in donations to promote R-51--which washed up on shore like a dead fish. R-51 would have imposed a 9 cent gas tax, compared to the 9.5 cents that's up for a vote come November.
According to the article in the Puget Sound Business Journal "I-912 foes keep quiet" the corporate backers who hope to see 912 defeated seem hesitant to throw more than a token amount toward imposing a larger gas tax.
Don't be surprised if the foes of 912 turn tail. the After the 2002 defeat, the asphalt lobby said they'd given up on the voters and would only fund the "right candidates".
"The money won't be used for initiatives and referendums, but (to finance) the right candidates" said David Spivey, executive vice-president of the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association, which gave $150,000 to the failed R-51 campaign. "This is a representative Democracy and the gas tax is the responsibility of the Legislature."
Looks like they did get the "right candidates" in place last session, but couldn't control the anti-tax sentiment. Will they keep throwing good money after bad? We'll see...