November 10, 2014
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Inslee outlines climate change ideas in first post-election speech

A day after the election in which climate-minded candidates struggled, Gov. Jay Inslee outlined his push to limit and lower the state's carbon emissions. In a SeaTac speech, Inslee focused on alternative energy proposals such as extending state tax breaks for electric car buyers and adding incentives for building owners to add electric car charging stations, Crosscut reports.

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said he'll look for areas of agreement, such as retrofitting the state's ferries from diesel to cleaner liquefied natural gas. Costly policies that tax carbon or institute a cap-and-trade program will be harder to support, Schoelser said: "If it’s going to be taxing the daylights out of working families and their jobs in exchange for very, very tiny, if any, climate advantage, it's a difficult ask."



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State waves goodbye to R&D tax incentive

By Kris Johnson, AWB President

Beginning in January, Washington state will become one of just a handful of states in the country that doesn't offer private employers some kind of a tax incentive to promote research and development activities.

That's because a pair of tax incentives created back 1994 are set to expire at the end of this year, despite attempts during the last legislative session to extend them.

Click here for the full column in The Wenatchee World
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