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Sen. Mark Schoesler: Inslee and friends still haven’t gotten message on carbon fees and taxes

Repeated slap-downs by voters haven’t persuaded Gov. Inslee and his allies to end their quest to force Washingtonians to swallow costly new energy policies.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 7:56 a.m.

Washington legislators debate what taxes should pay for $17 billion in transortation projects, including I-5 bridge over Columbia

Transportation package gets support for the projects it would fund, opposition for the way it would raise the money.


Senate leader proposes carbon tax with 15 cent per gallon hike to gasoline

A new carbon tax proposal would raise the price of gasoline 15 cents per gallon at the pump as part of a $17 billion package on transportation and environmental projects.


Washington state’s carbon tax bill dies in Legislature

Another ambitious effort to pass a carbon tax in Washington state has faltered as both Gov. Jay Inslee and the bill’s prime sponsor conceded Thursday that there weren’t enough votes …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

John Kerry visits Olympia to tout Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax plan

Former Secretary of State John Kerry urges legislators to approve a carbon tax to reduce pollution and fight climate change.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Inslee: Speed up school funding, leave a legacy of a cleaner environment

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for action on climate change, money for education and safer workplaces.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Inslee calls for carbon tax to fight climate change

Gov. Jay Inslee proposes a tax on carbon emissions to raise money for programs to cut pollution.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

2018 Washington Legislature faces heavy lifting on money for schools, construction projects, water rights law

The 2018 Legislature faces some familiar issues, including a final fix for public schools, a construction budget left over from last year and a possible tax on carbon pollution.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Lands Commissioner Franz urges lawmakers to come up with targeted plan to fight carbon pollution

Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz says any carbon tax should be used to reduce carbon pollution, fight wildfires and improve public lands.


Inslee budget a good starting point

There is a need to fully fund public schools and finally remove the yoke of the McCleary ruling that has dominated discussion in Olympia for far too long.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee talks carbon fees, Democratic gains in elections, net neutrality and presidential aspirations

Inslee discussed his budget plan along with other prominent topics in an interview Friday with The Spokesman-Review.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 7:44 a.m.

Inslee’s budget plan calls for carbon tax

Gov. Jay Inslee proposes spending $950 million from state reserves to speed public school improvements and increases to mental health programs.


Nature Conservancy weighs potential carbon tax measure in Washington

Saying there’s a huge opportunity to move forward on climate change, The Nature Conservancy is weighing a potential carbon-tax ballot measure to put before voters as early as next year.


Act locally to resist climate change rollbacks

Trump’s beliefs about climate change and carbon emissions and economic impacts are an affront to science.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

$30 billion in new taxes get theatrical GOP support in Washington Senate

In a bit of partisan theater, Senate Republicans vote yes on an estimated $30 billion in taxes that they really don’t support.


Robert Samuelson: Carbon tax is a limited solution

Let’s not pretend that a carbon tax is a panacea for either climate change or too much debt.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 9:05 a.m.

GOP should warm to carbon dividend

Today’s Republican leaders could get behind a carbon tax as insurance, without changing their minds on the science. The carbon tax and dividend would be a “just in case” action …


Carbon tax push from former GOP officials faces uphill slog

A push by a group of senior Republican statesmen for a tax on carbon to help lessen the effects of climate change is already meeting entrenched opposition from within their …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 6:34 p.m.

GOP senior statesmen making push for a carbon tax

A group of Republican senior statesmen are pushing for a carbon tax to combat the effects of climate change, and hoping to sell their plan to the White House.


Finally, an education plan to debate

The governor’s plan is already being criticized, but remember this: After more than three decades of kicking this can, it’s the first time someone picked it up.


A reluctant no on Initiative 732

Initiative 732 proposes a carbon tax and frames it as an economist would: If you want less of something, tax it. So it taxes carbon and lowers the sales tax …


Canada to implement carbon tax

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that Canada will impose a tax on carbon emissions starting in 2018 as part of its efforts to meet targets set by the …


Nation’s first carbon tax on the ballot in Washington

Washington voters will decide whether to approve the nation’s first carbon tax in November. Initiative 732 has divided environmentalists and is opposed by business and labor groups.


Dan Wilson and Kyle England: Initiative 732’s carbon tax hurts families, small businesses

The more taxes we pile on businesses, the more likely we are to see them head east to Idaho or states with far fewer restrictions on carbon emissions.


John Covert: Time to take bold climate action with Initiative 732

The cost of doing nothing outweighs any cost of implementing I-732. The state’s own estimates


Washington limits greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters

Washington state adopted a new rule Thursday to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large carbon polluters, including potential impacts on Spokane’s Waste to Energy facility, joining a handful of other …


Carbon tax initiative goes to November ballot in Washington

An initiative that would create a carbon tax in Washington state is now headed to the November ballot.


Editorial: Editorial Roundup: Carbon pricing becomes scrambled

The Legislature should put an alternative to I-732 on the ballot to fix an inadvertent flaw.


Ed Mahlum and Joe Ryan: Carbon tax is best climate change solution

By establishing a carbon tax and lowering the sales tax, Washington state can be at the forefront of addressing the long-term consequences of climate change.


Minnick: Carbon tax would achieve Clean Power Act goals

Revenues would compensate the poor for additional cost, lower corporate taxes.