Those who have lived here for some time and understand how concurrency regulations work (and the direct linkage between anticipated road work and real estate development) are voting yes on 912. Others with less experience or less time to actually study the GMA simply take the "safety" argument at face value.
For those that actually believe that the 3 billion dollars 912 leaves on the table for the DOT (along with any additional RTID revenues and tolls) isn't enough to fix the viaduct and 520, let me relay the following:
Of the top 20 contributors to the No on 912 campaign, 80 percent of the dollars come from the following:
* Organizations or individuals that directly benefit from commercial or residental development: $551,000 or 41%.
* Organizations or individuals hiring largely out of state labor and who directly benefit from an expanded labor pool $405,000 or 31%
* Those who build roads: $107,000 or 8%
* Those who can (tenuously!) argue that they are concerned primarily with safety are at $247,000 or 18% (Mainstream Republicans Of Washington and the Mariners?!)
* 8 percent can be said to be "mobility" related contributors.
The list of top 20 contributors is below.
Please refer to contributors to this campaign and the last attempt, R-51 here. The numbers speak volumes. This is clearly about enabling development, not about safety. More condos and housing developments benefit a certain set of (listed) participants greatly. If you're a realtor, feel free to vote against 912, you need that inventory. If you think the roads are clogged enough with too many residents facing too little capacity (and will always be that way until land use policy changes) vote yes with the smart folks.
There's plenty of money for safety, just not enough for desired real estate development.
Wa Asphalt Pavement Assn: $107,000
Stanton John: $105,000
The Boeing Company: $105,000
Ballmer Steven A.: $100,000
Gates William: $100,000
Microsoft Corporation: $100,000
Assoc General Contractors Of Wa: $98,500
Mainstream Republicans Of Washington: $85,000
Seattle Mariners: $57,000
Master Builders Assoc. Of King & Sno. Co.: $52,500
Vulcan Inc.: $52,000
Drive Committee: $50,000
Int'L Union Of Operating Engineers Epec: $50,000
Laborers' Northwest Cooperation Fund: $50,000
Wa Mutual: $50,000
Puget Sound Energy: $46,000
American Council Of Engineering Companies: $45,000
Port Blakely Tree Farms Lp: $35,000
Bldg Owners & Managers Assoc: $30,000