The good news is that it must not be a significant event, because people just don’t seem to care. I don’t remember reading any incensed letters to the editor complaining about the increase. I don’t remember hearing one rabid radio talk show host screaming that the increase is an outrage (in an effort to improve their ratings of course).
I don’t even remember any politicians expressing concern that it would add to the cost of living to the average Washington state resident. Clearly, it is no problem to add 20, 30 or even 50 cents a gallon to the price of gasoline in this state – only as long as that increase goes to the oil companies. And it must only be acceptable as long as the money heads out of state, never to benefit the citizens of this state in any way.
That said, reduce that 20- or 30-cent increase to five or 10 cents and call it a gas tax increase to maintain highways in the state, and watch out.
We will quickly learn that this increase will tax people out of their homes, increase wasteful spending by an out of control bureaucracy, and drive up the cost of business so companies will move out of the state.
Yep, people are funny indeed.