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Rob McKenna

Transpo 2015: Carbon taxes a risky revenue source

The problems with the governor’s proposed transportation package begin with its revenue source. By basing the package on an all-new cap-and-trade carbon taxing system, the package’s finances start on shaky ground. The Seattle Times called the carbon tax-based transportation financing “imaginative, but untested and risky.” To ask legislators to pass, in this session, the … [Read More]

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Transpo 2015: Gov’s bonding plan goes too far

Gov. Inslee’s transportation proposal, which relies on a his proposed cap-and-trade carbon tax system to finance new highway projects instead of gas taxes, would … [Read More]

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Transpo 2015: Beware attempts to get around 18th Amendment

I've already noted some of my objections to the idea of financing transportation projects through a cap-and-trade carbon tax rather than a gas tax (see Gov’s … [Read More...]

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Jason Mercier

Senate should put voter-approved tax restrictions into its rules

Now that the 2014 election has been certified we know the official make up of the Legislature. Based on the responses to our supermajority for taxes legislative survey, we also know that the members of the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) in the Senate support allowing the voters to consider a constitutional amendment to put the five-time voter approved policy into the … [Read More]