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Will Washington voters be nation’s first to approve fee on greenhouse-gas pollution?

[Initiative 1631] comes in an election year when plenty of voters — even in the green stronghold of Seattle — are wary of rising taxes and questioning the effectiveness of government spending. … “It’s a misleading, ineffective and costly measure,” said Dana Bieber, a spokeswoman for No on 1631 Coalition, during the debate before The […]

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Expect Your Power Bill to Go Up if Carbon Initiative Passes, Say PUDs

KENNEWICK, WA – Both the Benton and Franklin PUD commissions are opposing an initiative on the November ballot that would charge a fee on carbon pollution. It would raise electric rates for their customers even though the Benton PUD already has a 92 percent carbon-free fuel mix for the electricity it distributes and the Franklin […]

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The Price of a Carbon Tax

“[I-1631] will do little to reduce global carbon emissions while placing Washington employers, especially small businesses, at a competitive disadvantage with other states and regions that won’t have to pay the higher energy costs,” [Association of Washington Business President Kris Johnson] wrote. … No On I-1631 Spokesperson Dana Bieber told Lens that “there’s no consequence […]

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Businesses, Analysts: Carbon Initiative Will Raise Gas Prices

… the success or failure of I-1631 this fall depends on whether voters perceive it as a fee on larger companies to reduce carbon emissions or a de facto gas tax increase that will mostly impact the average Washingtonian. … [NO on 1631 Coalition] spokesperson Mark Funk told Lens that it’s “a very poorly written […]

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Carbon Tax Initiative Raises Numerous Questions

If enacted, I-1631 would set up a public board to direct how the revenue would be spent, with an emphasis on pollution reduction projects and clean energy promotion. … The Association of Washington Business is the state’s chamber of commerce and has yet to announce its stance on the initiative. However, Director of Government Affairs […]

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