Proponents of Prop 1 have an ongoing messaging problem. Their troubles all started when a March 2014 revenue report proved King County Metro deliberately withheld updated information regarding reductions to proposed bus service route cuts. Instead, Metro disseminated old, outdated figures in an attempt to improperly influence voters with false information.
The latest in the web of lies surrounding Prop 1?
According to the Washington Policy Center, Metro officials have not revealed all their plans for the increased tax receipts Prop 1 would bring in to the spend-crazy transit agency.
Metro revealed tax increase plans mere weeks after contract negotiations with the local transit union fell through. In fact, union contract negotiations have stalled for the past three years. More dollars from hard-earning tax payers “would allow Metro managers to offer the union more generous terms, likely breaking the impasse.”
Proponents of Prop 1 continue to bill the measure as a necessity to save bus routes—all while hiding Prop 1’s alternative purposes: cushier union contracts.