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Observations: I-1631 isn’t just bad for business. It’s bad for everyone.

Initiative 1631, the so-called “carbon tax initiative,” has qualified and will be showing up on your November ballot. If there were ever a proposal that so aptly validated Wallace’s rule on initiatives (when in doubt, vote No), this is it. … Its premise and its ballot title appear wholesome. It’s going to reduce pollution by […]

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The Hidden Impact of a Carbon Pollution ‘Fee’

Every consumer good that is manufactured, grown or imported at some point will spend time on a truck. A truck has some pretty basic primary costs to operate: equipment, labor and fuel.  Depending on the type of operation, fuel can account for about 1/3 of operating costs for a trucking company. … … [O]ne problem […]

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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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Commentary: Carbon Tax Measure Could Harm Economy, Families

Initiative 1631 is the latest iteration of a measure aimed at reducing carbon emissions by placing a fee on carbon producers. … [I-1631] would impose a “carbon fee” on about 100 industrial emitters across our state, including oil refineries and natural gas power plants. This would also increase the price at the pump by about […]

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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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Five Things You Should Know About the Proposed Carbon Tax Initiative

Here are five things you should know about [Initiative 1631]. It will increase gas taxes by 15 cents a gallon and add another 2 cents a gallon every year. … Households will pay an estimated $260 more a year in 2020, rising to $750 a year in 2030. … Funding goes to special interests, with […]

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