October 24, 2016
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Seattle Times and Everett Herald join other newspapers in opposing I-732


The Seattle Times and Everett Herald joined the growing list of newspapers opposing I-732, with both papers calling out the budget hole it would create. The Times said the initiative “poses a risk to state finances at a critical oment while the Herald said voters should think twice before voting for I-732, saying the $797 million hole it would punch in the state budget is reason to vote no.

The Stranger concurs, urging a no vote: "I-732 is an actively bad policy disguised as a ground-breaking progressive idea."

The Washington Research Council takes an in-depth look at the initiative in a new policy brief. Its conclusion:

"Putting a large price on carbon will raise the costs of living and doing business in this state. If we go it alone, the reduction we achieve here could be offset by increases elsewhere. Successfully attacking the global warming problem requires the coordinated action of national governments. If the U.S. is to provide leadership on global warming, that leadership must come from Washington, D.C., not Washington state.”

A carbon tax would cost families 25 cents more per gallon for gasoline and would mean 15,000 fewer manufacturing jobs as Washington becomes a less competitive location for employers, according to research from No on 732.

AWB is part of a broad coalition of employers, farmers, organized labor and others who are part of the No on 732 campaign, but opposition to the measure goes far beyond workers and employers. Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Washington Environmental Council, also oppose I-732.

The list of the many groups who have joined the “No on 732” campaign includes:

  • Aerospace Machinists Industrial District Lodge 751
  • Association of Washington Business
  • Automotive United Trades Organization
  • Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
  • Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities
  • Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce
  • Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Northwest Food Processors Association
  • Northwest Pulp & Paper Association
  • Pasco Chamber of Commerce
  • Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce
  • Washington Association of Wheat Growers
  • Washington Food Industry Association
  • Washington State Farm Bureau
  • Washington Cattlemen’s Association
  • Washington Oil Marketers Association
  • Washington Potato & Onion Association
  • Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  • Washington State Dairy Federation
  • Washington State Tree Fruit Association
  • Washington Trucking Association

These local groups that support opportunity in their communities know that a 25-cents-per-gallon increase in gasoline and higher energy costs will not work for Washington families. That’s why small business organizations and their members have come out strongly against I-732. They are joining the effort to support real solutions.

Learn more via @NoCarbonTaxWA on Twitter, No on 732 on Facebook, and the No on 732 website.



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