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It’s Day 36 of the legislative session. Momentum is building for a carbon tax, but the clock is running out to pass something in 60 days. The amended version of SB 6203 passed out of committee last week, and is scheduled for a committee hearing on February 14th. 

Legislators have now taken the first significant step in passing a carbon tax. The substitute bill has been amended to expand exemptions for EITEs and creates a more modest price. You can read more about our analysis here. You can also learn more about the current bills by reviewing our carbon tax matrix.

Now is the time to remind your legislators to take action with a carbon tax that is effective, equitable, economically sound, evidence-based, and bipartisan.

Take action, and call your legislators
Before February 14, please call your senators. You can use Find My District to find your legislators. If you are new to calling, you can use our guide. To get started, here are the members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and their phone numbers.

1st LD: Sen. Guy Palumbo (360) 786-7600
2nd LD: Sen. Randi Becker (360) 786-7602
5th LD:
Sen. Mark Mullet (360) 786-7608
9th LD:
Sen. Mark Schoesler (360) 786-7620
10th LD:
Sen. Barbara Bailey (360) 786-7618
11th LD:
Sen. Bob Hasegawa (360) 786-7616
13th LD:
Sen. Judy Warnick (360) 786-7624
15th LD:
Sen. Jim Honeyford (360) 786-7684
18th LD:
Sen. Ann Rivers (360) 786-7634
20th LD:
Sen. John Braun (360) 786-7638
22th LD:
Sen. Sam Hunt (360) 786-7642
23rd LD:
Sen. Christine Rolfes (360) 786-7644
24th LD:
Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (360) 786-7646
27th LD:
Sen. Jeannie Darneille (360) 786-7652
29th LD:
Sen. Steve Conway (360) 786-7656
33rd LD:
Sen. Karen Keiser (360) 786-7664
36th LD:
Sen. Reuven Carlyle (360) 786-7670
39th LD:
Sen. Keith Wagoner (360) 786-7676
40th LD:
Sen. Kevin Ranker (360) 786-7678
43th LD:
Sen. Jamie Pedersen (360) 786-7628
46th LD:
Sen. David Frockt (360) 786-7690

Join us on Feb. 19 for a day of action

Join CarbonWA and ACT NOW in calling legislators to put a price on carbon! Please sign up for our event to get resources and information. We are encouraging people to call their legislators from home, work, or anywhere. Come to our office in Fremont (1914 N. 34th St, Suite 407, Seattle, WA) from 2-6 pm to make calls, get trained, meet other volunteers, and get refreshments. Make sure to invite others (you can share our facebook event). Use #waleg and #actonclimate to help spread the word.

On the same day, you can also join 350 Seattle, Our Children’s Trust, and Plant for the Planet in telling legislators to take action on climate change to protect future generations. You can sign up here for their “Youth Lead the Way” climate lobby day in Olympia.

Carbon taxes in the news

  • 02/05/2018 – The Seattle Times editorial board published an op-ed supporting a carbon tax and praising many features of SB 6203: “the money would be spent largely on efforts that must show measurable reductions in emissions, as well as mitigate effects of wildfires, flooding, ocean acidification and other phenomena connected to climate change.
  • 02/01/2018 – A Wahkiakum County Newspaper provided commentary about SB 6203, the revisions made to the bill, and outlines supporters and opposers’ opinions. It quotes Gov. Inslee from a January press conference, saying, “[i]t has been almost a decade since this Legislature promised people they would take care of their clean air and lungs, and they haven’t done it. It is time for the Legislature to do this job. And I expect them to do it.

Share either of these articles on social media, and add #waleg to reach our state legislators.

Onward and Upward!
From the whole Carbon Washington team