Washington State Bills to cut Sound Transit car-tab taxes are back in Olympia, but passage remains uncertain

State lawmakers are once again considering ideas to cut car-tab taxes, raising the prospect of relief for some Puget Sound drivers and a financial blow for Sound Transit.

One proposal with support from more than two dozen House Democrats would change the way car tabs are calculated, cutting funding to Sound Transit, and then attempt to offset that cut by giving the agency a break on the costs of leasing state-owned land to build transit projects.

The bill’s lead sponsor — who struggled to get the idea out of committee last week but is still pushing for it — says it’s a way to reconcile anger over car-tab taxes without harming voter-approved rail and bus projects, but Sound Transit says the offset as proposed isn’t enough.