September 23, 2019
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Puget Sound Energy says proposal to ban natural gas places region at risk

Puget Sound Energy Vice President Andy Wappler took to the airwaves last week to highlight a proposed natural gas ban that “puts our region at risk,” KIRO Radio reports.

Seattle City Councilor Mike O’Brien has proposed a natural gas ban for newly constructed buildings. There would be several consequences to the ban, Wappler told the Candy, Mike and Todd Show on KIRO.

“While this proposal right now is only talking about no new gas hookups, it’s really talking about eliminating gas, and to even open that conversation without some planning and some forethought really puts our region at risk,” Wappler said.

Eliminating natural gas would require a new energy source, something “the system isn’t ready to electrically handle in the first place,” he said.

Natural gas supplies about a third of the energy consumed by Seattle on an ordinary day, and closer to two-thirds on a cold day, he said.

“To come out with something like a ban and propose that without any study, it’s a big deal,” Wappler said. “I think it also skipped right past the question of ‘what are you going to replace that power with?’ That’s gonna be tough.”



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Arguments Against a State Income Tax


An income tax is not in our best interest

By Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson

Today, we are at a point where Washington legislators need to reexamine their financial practices and consider the consequences of their actions that have led some to consider establishing a state income tax.

The historically unpopular notion of introducing an income tax is not exactly new to Washington, yet it has seen growing interest from income tax supporters in big city government and from certain state lawmakers who would pass income tax legislation if given the opportunity.

As Washington State Treasurer, four-term Benton County Treasurer, and licensed CPA for over 25 years, I have cultivated an automatic sense of duty to advocate for fiscal responsibility. When I see such disregard for taxpayers, my obligation is to stand up for what is right on their behalf.

Many of the legislature's self-induced financial woes have readily available remedies that do not involve raising taxes or adding an income tax, making it apparent to me that as a state we have some serious financial issues within our legislative practices we need to start addressing...

Taxing income would weaken Washington's thriving economy and reduce our capacity to compete for business. We need to agree on improving our habits and reigning in state debt before considering the addition of new taxes. An income tax is not in our best interest.

Read the full guest column in The Tri-City Herald