February 26, 2018
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New carbon tax bill passes Senate Ways and Means; awaits vote by full Senate

After passing the Senate Ways and Means Committee last week, the next step for a carbon tax measure is a possible vote of the full Senate. Senate Bill 6203 would be the first direct statewide carbon tax in America.

The bill would impose a new $12 per metric ton carbon tax on the sale of fossil fuels, including gasoline and natural gas. The tax would begin next year and would ramp up to $30 a ton over the coming decade.

By 2020, the tax would mean a 10 cent increase in the cost of a gallon of gasoline. It would also increase energy costs.

Lawmakers are lukewarm about a carbon tax, however, “and it's unclear whether the measure can pass by the end of the 60-day legislative session on March 8,” the Associated Press reports.

If the Legislature doesn't impose a carbon tax, a coalition of environmental, tribal and other groups have pledged to bring a carbon initiative to the ballot this November. They are expected to release their draft initiative language as early as this week.

Gov. Jay Inslee has long pushed for a carbon tax, including during his previous tenure in Congress. Last week, Crosscut asked, "Is the sixth time the charm for Inslee's carbon tax?"

The Council of State Chambers reports that Washington is one of 10 states that have introduced a total of 30 bills seeking to use fiscal policy tools to curb environmental emissions. Read more here (registration required).

To learn more, contact Mary Catherine McAleer, AWB government affairs director for environmental policy.

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Manufacturing jobs key to all of our communities

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The health of Washington state's manufacturing sector is a bellwether for the strength of our overall economy, and a key driver of economic opportunity for families in every city and small town across the state.

The sector is vital to the state. Manufacturing jobs support families with livable wages and benefits and they grow the local economy and tax base to ensure funding for critical services.

Along with all that positive news, is the reality is the sector needs some support.

Since 2000, Washington has lost more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, the majority of which are not in the aerospace sector.

The good news is lawmakers are currently considering bills that would reinstate the uniform B&O tax relief. It's a move our members support as one way to jumpstart job creation in every part of the state...

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