…Pass on [I-1631]…

We’re a firm no on Initiative 1631. This initiative is touted by supporters as a tax on big energy — a fee on our biggest sources of pollution to help combat climate change.

The reality, however, is the carbon taxes won’t only affect powerful corporations — Washington residents will be saddled with an immediate 14-cent gas tax increase when we already have one of the highest gasoline taxes in the nation. …

Gasoline taxes are what is commonly referred to as a “regressive” tax. Simply put, this means they disproportionately affect residents with lower incomes — a person making $30,000 per year will pay a higher percentage of their income toward a regressive tax than a person making $300,000 per year. Gas taxes also disproportionately affect rural communities because we have fewer options for public transportation. …

Washington is already one of the greenest states in the nation — we must find another way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions than unfairly burdening individuals and families.

We recommend Lewis County voters check the “no” box when their ballots arrive.

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