December 22, 2016
2016 Year in Review B

AWB-led statewide campaign to defeat carbon tax initiative a success

Rejected by voters in 37 of 39 counties, voters agreed that I-732’s across-the-board energy tax is not the right approach for Washingtonians.

Initiative 732 began as an initiative to the 2016 Legislature having garnered enough signatures for consideration. Because lawmakers took no action on it, the proposal automatically qualified for the November 2016 general election ballot.

Because of the tax burden it would put on families and employers and the fact that employers are already leading on carbon reductions, AWB and a coalition of 32 organizations, which included labor groups, employers and chambers of commerce, joined together as part of the AWB-led statewide campaign, “No on 732.”

The No on 732 campaign raised $1.4 million, earned 14 newspaper editorials recommending a “no” vote, placed more than 20 pieces of original content, including opinion pieces, blog posts, letters to the editor and emails, 100 story mentions and ran one television and digital ad.

On election night, the months-long effort paid off: The initiative was defeated with 59 percent of the vote and failed in all but two counties, King and Island.

"This campaign was just one milestone in a broader effort to reduce carbon emissions, invest in our state, and keep Washington a great place to live, work and do business," the No on 732 campaign said.

For more on ways that Washington employers are leading the way on carbon reduction, visit the Washington Climate Collaborative.

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