Jan. 27, 2015
CONTACT: John Sattgast, Broadcast Coordinator – (360) 786-7257 / Studio – (360) 786-5046
Rep. Shelly Short: Governor’s carbon tax would hurt middle-income wage jobs
Legislator: Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy
Date Recorded: Jan. 27, 2015
Run Time: 1 minute 35 seconds
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SUGGESTED LEAD: It was standing room only in the House Environment Committee Tuesday as lawmakers listened to public testimony on Gov. Jay Inslee’s cap and trade proposal to charge for carbon emissions. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.
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Sattgast: As proposed, as many as 130 entities, including businesses, cities, even universities, would be capped to the amount of carbon produced. And beyond that limit, they would have to purchase at auction one allowance for every metric ton of carbon they emit. The governor’s office estimates the carbon tax could raise about a billion dollars a year for state government. But the assistant ranking Republican on the House Environment Committee, 7th District State Representative Shelly Short, says that’s a billion dollars in higher taxes that will trickle down to the public in the form of higher fuel and energy costs.
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Short: “It affects our manufacturers. It affects food producers, transportation, all of the things that we rely on as a trade-dependent state. But most importantly, those middle-income wage jobs for families. I mean, we all talk about that and we all know that those are important jobs for us to have. And I think those are going to be the things that are really going to be in the cross-hairs.”
Sattgast: While proponents argued in favor of a cleaner environment, others, such as Association of Washington Business President Kris Johnson said Washington is already a clean state that doesn’t need to impose costly new rules.
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Johnson: “Washington has the, is the fourth greenest state in the country. We also have the seventh most greenest economy, with over 100,000 people employed in that sector. And ironically, we are near 1990 EPA levels today, yet our state has grown by almost 1.8 million people during that time.”
Sattgast: And in a bit of irony, Republicans note that one of entities that could be hit with this big carbon tax is REC Silicon in Moses Lake, which produces polisilicon for green energy solar panels.
More testimony on the governor’s bill is expected Thursday morning in the House Environment Committee.
John Sattgast, Olympia.
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