I-1631 will cost you plenty without helping the climate

When you live in eastern Washington, particularly outside of the city, you spend a lot of time in the car.

Driving long distances is a necessity here, whether for business or just to see friends and family. That’s why I dug into the facts on Initiative 1631, and am voting no. The research proves this measure will cost us billions and have no impact on reducing our emissions. …

Independent studies have already estimated that I-1631 would increase the cost of gasoline by 14 cents per gallon in the first year alone, increasing annually with no cap, quickly adding up to 60 cents more per gallon within 15 years. In addition, there would be millions more a year in increased costs for utilities. Those are two big hits to any family’s budget, but especially here in eastern Washington, where we drive longer distances and it’s colder in the winter.

At its core, I-1631 is a regressive tax that hits hardest those who can least afford it, including low-income and fixed-income households, seniors and working families. …

And then, the kicker: Researchers say after 15 years and $30 billion, the state won’t meet its reduction goals and would leave 93 percent of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions untouched.

That’s a lot of money for no impact on climate change. …

When you look at the facts, I-1631 fails on every count. …

For these reasons, I urge a no vote on 1631.

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