Editorial Endorsements: No on the carbon tax…

… [Washington voters] should reject new taxes that will hinder economic growth and every Washingtonian’s pocket book by voting no on a carbon tax …

A poorly written carbon tax

Initiative 1631 asks Washington voters to add billions of dollars to their utility and gasoline bills. Voters should decline. …

[I-1631] would put Washington businesses at an extraordinary disadvantage. Utility costs would certainly go up. And for what? There is no guarantee this would lower carbon emissions – and an almost certainty that it couldn’t do so enough to have a measurable impact on global climate change.

Like most ballot initiatives written by activists instead of lawmakers, this one lacks precision. Money raised ostensibly would go to renewable energy infrastructure and lower-income communities impacted by pollution, but the wording is vague and provides little oversight by elected officials. …

Without a clearer picture of what it can legitimately accomplish and far better oversight by elected officials of any spending that results, we cannot support Initiative 1631’s carbon tax and urge voters to say no.

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