January 29, 2018
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Washington Research Council takes a deeper look at four-year outlook on governor's budget proposal

Last week, the Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) adopted an analysis of Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed budget, and departed from its precedent by including a proposed fund transfer related to the governor's hope for a carbon tax. The Washington Research Council quickly published a policy brief looking at how inclusion of the tax is a "departure from methodological precedent."

The ERFC and the governor both used a four-year outlook in examining the budget, in keeping with the Legislature's four-year balanced budget requirement.

"By requiring lawmakers to consider the four-year perspective, the adopted reform forces consideration of the long-term effects of legislation,” the Washington Research Council wrote. "That Gov. Inslee intends his 2018 supplemental to balance over four years is encouraging recognition of the requirement’s importance."

Opportunity Washington also took a look at the issue.

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Not the Solution

Look to B.C. for evidence carbon tax doesn't work

By Brier Dudley

If Washington wants to reduce pollution and fare better on its climate-change goals, it should reject Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed carbon tax.

Instead, the state should put its efforts into environmental regulations that directly and measurably reduce harmful emissions.

As proposed, the carbon tax is a grab bag of handouts for the powerful and politically connected, funded by a steep new tax largely on the middle class. Many of the handouts have dubious benefits in reducing emissions.

Carbon taxes also don't work as promised. North America's first such tax, in neighboring British Columbia, is failing to reduce emissions.

Emissions from driving are rising faster than population growth in B.C., despite a carbon tax higher than Inslee's proposal...

Read the full column The Seattle Times
Snake River Dams

Washington's dams balance clean energy needs, fish protections

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Construction of the four Lower Snake River dams -- Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite -- began in 1962. Back then, the focus was on the efficient production of energy, transporting goods and supplying water to Washington's vibrant agricultural sector.

Today, the dams produce 40 percent of the region's energy through clean hydropower generation, support agricultural production and transportation, and improve our quality of life by lifting the economy and supporting recreation. They are also integral to flood control.

Equally critical, they support healthy fish and wildlife populations and their complex life cycles, thanks to a series of improvements to the dams set out in Federal Columbia River Power System's (FCRPS) 2014 biological opinion, or BiOp...

Read the full guest column in The Spokesman-Review
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