The House Democrats and Senate Republicans have both released their draft budget plan for the state. Neither chamber appears particularly impressed with the budget put forward by their counterparts but they seem agree that the other chamber isn’t doing a good job raising revenue for the state. The House seems to think the Senate budget is too lean and threatens to cut vital programs, while the Senate seems to think the House isn’t standing behind the tax increases that will be needed to fund the spending in their budget.
Hello, CarbonWA friends: The adventure continues…
Update from Olympia
Our last email was an urgent update about a pending vote in the Washington State Senate on SB 5127, a proposal to create a carbon tax that would partially fund education and partially fund clean energy projects. It’s not a perfect plan but it has some good elements (a high and steadily rising price!) that can serve as the starting point for serious negotiations. (more…)
Hello, CarbonWA friends: Yikes!
The WA Senate is preparing to vote on a carbon tax!
For the first time in Washington (and maybe the whole country!), a carbon tax is going before a state legislative body for a full vote. This is a big deal and we need your help! (more…)
Hello, CarbonWA friends: As the other Washington is gripped with a major transition of power, CarbonWA is also going through its own (hopefully smoother and more climate friendly!) leadership changes. Read on for an update! (more…)
Hello, CarbonWA friends: Happy holidays and read on for some climate action updates!
Carbon tax in Governor’s proposed 2017 budget
Governor Jay Inslee has released a proposed 2017-2019 Washington State budget that includes a capital gains tax, new funding for education and other priorities, and a $25 per ton carbon tax with a 3.5% annual increase. (more…)
Hello, CarbonWA friends: Read on for some updates as we look back and begin to look ahead.
We are still parsing the election results but thanks to a handful of our staff and supporters, we’ve pulled together a brief analysis, including a few maps reviewing the I-732 results statewide. You can take a look at some additional maps and data from the election results on our website here. As we learn more we will continue to share our findings. Initially it looks like: (more…)
Carbon tax friends, be proud of what we’ve accomplished
Together, we accomplished something historic by putting the nation’s first statewide carbon tax before the voters. We showed that there is a strong desire for common-sense climate action in Washington State, and we influenced the national conversation on climate policy. We ran an honest, transparent, and positive campaign focused on addressing the climate and equity problems facing our society. We did all of that thanks to you.
The votes are still being counted, but we’re on track to get well over 1 million votes in support of a policy that would have created one of the strongest carbon prices in the world and been the biggest improvement in the fairness of our state’s tax system in 40 years. We led the biggest voter education effort on climate change ever in the state. We knocked on over 100,000 doors, made over 1 million phone calls, and published more than 140 letters to the editor in every type of media outlet. Our campaign raised more than $1.5 million from thousands of donors with a median donation of $50.
We formed a terrific partnership with Audubon Washington and with grassroots organizations across the state, especially chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (both in Washington State and as far away as Hawaii!); regional climate action groups like Climate Action Bainbridge, Cascadia Climate Action, Olympic Climate Action, Oregon Climate (now Our Climate), and Divest UW; faith organizations including the Climate Action Ministry at Eastshore Unitarian, Interfaith Works, and Washington UU Voices; clean energy groups like Seattle Electric Vehicles, Seattle Transit Blog, and Solar Installers of Washington; and many others, including Carbon Tax Center, Conservation Hawks, the American Sustainable Business Council, AIA Seattle, and the American Planning Association’s Washington Chapter. (more…)
Carbon tax friends, we have a good shot at winning…
Last week the Elway Poll showed a “significant gain in support” for I-732. This week we’ve got a KCTS poll showing 51% Yes, 44% No, 4% Undecided. (Note that they pushed pretty hard on Undecided voters, many of whom still don’t know what I-732 is all about or or that it will be the most potent carbon tax in North America!
And in just the last few days we’ve gotten a boost from the Washington Post editorial page, from Leonardo DiCaprio (for comic relief see also this classic headline in the Tacoma News Tribune), and from the folks at Years of Living Dangerously. (more…)
It’s a trifecta! First go read the Seattle Weekly, including not just their endorsement (“Few who care about climate change deny how urgent the crisis is… [and] reducing the sales tax and funding an unfunded state tax credit is nothing to sneeze at”) but also their cover and their amazing full-page cartoon explaining I-732.
Then go read Seattleish, which is written by millennials who after starting off with: “Ok. So. This one is…tough. Though taxing carbon emissions is an effective and immediate way to take action on climate change, and waiting any longer is simply not an option.” But the conclusion is what counts: “[W]e’re going to go ahead and say vote yes.”
Then, provided you’ve got the stomach for foul language, finish with the fabulous endorsement from The Stranger. Here’s a PG-rated excerpt: “If you could do something right now to fight climate change, and that something was endorsed by more than 50 climate scientists at the University of Washington, you’d do it, right? Of course you would. You’d also do it because we told you to. But mainly, you’d do it because filling in the “yes” oval for Initiative 732 is one thing—not everything, but one important thing—that we all can do right now to keep this planet livable.”
Let them know you want action on clean energy and climate change.