Sound Transit's incestuous expenditure of taxpayer money

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A new report details how Sound Transit spent taxpayer money in a political effort to boost the vote for their ST3 proposal on the November 2016 ballot. KVI's John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur interview WPC's Mariya Frost about what she discovered from a recent investigation into financial records. (photo: KOMO News)

The agency coordinating all of Puget Sound's rail mass transit system is being scrutinized for taxpayer money it allocates for political purposes. KVI's Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson interview transportation policy analyst at Washington Policy Center, Mariya Frost, who discovered that Sound Transit regularly gives public money to and helps govern organizations that then give money to campaigns and influence the passage of measures that benefit Sound Transit. The public money expenditure creates an incestuous relationship for the transit agency. Frost tells KVI listeners, "Sound Transit increased payments of taxpayer dollars to political advocacy groups leading up to the 2016 election...".

In November 2016, voters within the Sound Transit taxing district (within the urban boundary of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties) approved a $54 billion tax hike on sales, car tab and property taxes. The ballot measure was known as ST3 to extend light rail from Lynnwood, WA to Everett, WA as well as other light rail extensions in Redmond, Seattle and Tacoma. In the wake of the ST3 vote passing, many voters have discovered that their car tab taxes are more than doubling because the state uses a valuation based on MSRP rather than actual market value of the vehicle.

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