Tuesday’s election features a ballot full of consequences: Initiative 976 and Referendum 88

Voters on Tuesday have a couple interesting decisions to make.

And some pretty darn important ones for their community as well.

There are two high-profile statewide measures.

Initiative 976 targets streams of transportation funding used by cities, counties, the state and Sound Transit.

If passed it would cut the cost of vehicle registration fees, also known as car tabs, to $30 and axe certain fees levied by local governments through transportation benefit districts. And, it would erase the motor vehicle excise tax collected by Sound Transit for its planned expansion of light rail service to Everett and Tacoma.

The sponsor, Tim Eyman, insists there will still be plenty of money for the state and local governments. But opponents contend it will eliminate billions of dollars counted on for building and fixing roads, repairing bridges, filling potholes and operating public transit systems across the state.

Referendum 88, the other major statewide measure, concerns the future of Initiative 1000, an affirmative action law enacted earlier this year.

The law, which is on hold pending the outcome of the election, would allow the state to use affirmative action measures in hiring, contracting and admissions to public universities. It does not allow use of quotas or preferences though opponents contend it will. They insist the result will be fewer opportunities for veterans and college enrollment slots for Asian Americans.

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