2018 AWB Endorsements
Washington needs leaders in the state Legislature who understand how the decisions they make impact employers, employees and communities. After an extensive interview process, AWB has determined the following candidates have demonstrated clear and strong support for private-sector employers and are aligned with AWB's mission to build statewide economic prosperity. Additional endorsements will be made in September.
Opposed: Initiative 1631
AWB opposes the carbon fee initiative, I-1631, which seeks to impose a new carbon emissions fee on Washington employers.
“After careful consideration, our members concluded I-1631 is not the right way to reduce emissions,” AWB President Kris Johnson said. “We share the goal of protecting the environment, but this initiative will raise the cost of energy for families and employers while offering little assurance it will result in a meaningful reduction of carbon emissions.”
I-1631 would establish an escalating fee on carbon emissions starting at $15 per metric ton, immediately adding 14 cents per gallon to the cost of gasoline. The fee would increase annually by $2 per ton plus inflation. The fee would raise up to an estimated $1 billion per year to start, and those funds would be distributed by a newly created, unelected board made up of people from different interest groups. The board would be given wide latitude over how to spend the revenue, making it unclear exactly how it would be used.
“Washington businesses are already among the greenest in the world and they continue to look for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint,” Johnson added. “This initiative will do little to reduce global carbon emissions while placing Washington employers, especially small businesses, at a competitive disadvantage with other states and regions that won’t have to pay the higher energy costs.
“There’s also concern that this establishes an unelected body of decision-makers,” Johnson added. “We believe there are better ways to reduce carbon emissions while also protecting jobs and family budgets.”
AWB opposes Initiative 1631 (July 26)