The recent statewide vote to slash Seattle-area transit projects has the city’s critics gloating. But some local lawmakers are wondering whether it’s time to “claw back” billions in tax dollars King County sends to support counties around the state.  (Andy Bao / The Seattle Times)
The recent statewide vote to slash Seattle-area transit projects has the city’s critics gloating. But some local lawmakers are wondering whether it’s time to “claw back” billions in tax dollars King County sends to support counties around the state. (Andy Bao / The Seattle Times)
Danny Westneat

‘Why are we exporting billions of dollars around the state?’ The coming showdown over Seattle’s money

The recent statewide vote to slash Seattle-area transit projects has the city's critics gloating. But some local lawmakers are wondering whether it's time to "claw back" billions in tax dollars King County sends to support counties around the state.

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