Thank you, everyone! It’s the final week of this series, and the legislature is now in its second special session. We heard that legislators would want to avoid a third special session at all cost. But negotiations have been slow, even within each party, so it looks like that’s more likely.
However, there are some reasons to be hopeful. Today, the state releases its revenue forecast, which will likely spur budget negotiations. As a part of ACT Now (Advocates for a Carbon Tax Now), we have been pushing a carbon tax as an effective solution. Moreover, our state is not on track to meet its carbon reduction goals, so the pressure to act is growing.
You can also share your thoughts with #waleg on Facebook or Twitter. Here are recent examples:
— “I just contacted my legislators and asked them to put a carbon tax in the state budget. Let’s do this, WA! #waleg #ActOnClimate“ — Hey #waleg now would be a good time to consider passing one of the handful of carbon pricing bills available — The climate movement just got an adrenaline shot. It’s on! #waleg #putapriceonit — Luckily the cities and states in the US can abide by the Paris Agreement even if the federal government won’t. #LeadOnClimate # waleg # putapriceonit