The Governor’s carbon tax, SB 6203, made it out of the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee. It’s now awaiting a hearing in the Ways and Means Committee. The bill now includes spending for rural economic development as well as multi-modal transportation…which is good. But the price on carbon has been reduced from $20 to $10 per metric ton and the number of exempted business categories has been increased to 55. That gives away too much. This bill needs to be improved before it comes to a vote.
If your senator is on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, please call and ask that the bill be strengthened in the following ways:
1. Raise the starting price to $25/ton and remove the cap;
2. Reduce the number of exempted businesses included in the bill;
3. Direct targeted investments to those most affected, to reduce pollution and increase resilience where it’s needed most.
In addition, everyone should call key members of the committee with these specific requests (as well as those above):
Reuven Carlyle (36th), Kevin Ranker (40th), and Guy Palumbo (1st) — ask that the bill be amended with the improvements noted above.
Chair Rolfes (23rd) and Vice-Chair Frockt (46th) — ask them to consult with tribes concerning the contents of this bill, and schedule a vote with the improvements noted below.
Bob Hasegawa (11th) — ask that, as an equity champion, he bring an amendment about targeted equity for frontline communities and labor.
Want to know more about this bill and how it’s changed? Check out this comparison matrix from CarbonWA, and our color-coded guide to the initial set of carbon tax bills introduced this session. Here’s the official page for SB 6203, where you can read the bill and sign up for notifications. And here are some of the other bills we’re following.
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