Kochs Block Carbon Tax

Koch Industries and other polluters are lobbying hard against I-732.

Yesterday, Koch Industries contributed $50,000 to the campaign against I-732, a state ballot initiative which on November 8th could become the first carbon tax in the United States ever. Other contributors include American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Western Petroleum Marketers Association, and Nucor Steel.

As we’ve reported previously, I-732 is a weird sort of bipartisan political football. Polluters oppose it, naturally, because they don’t want to go out of business. But some moderate Republicans, including former state Attorney General Rob McKenna, have come out in favor of it because it’s revenue neutral—that is, it taxes carbon emissions while commensurately reducing other taxes including sales tax and a business tax. The left is similarly divided between moderates who embrace the tax as a step in the right direction and radicals who oppose it because it doesn’t go far enough fast enough. (Seattle Weekly endorsed I-732, and we’ve got a comics explainer.)

The vote on I-732 is likely to be close. According to a poll last month by Elway Research, between August and December support for the tax rose from 34 percent to 40 percent, while opposition fell from 37 percent to 32 percent. While that’s cause for optimism on the pro-carbon tax side, 28 percent of respondents were still undecided—more than enough to decide the election.

More in News & Comment

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Activists Fight Youth Incarceration

No New Youth Jail Coalition members send Valentines to King County officials asking them to reconsider funding priorities

Tukwila Businesses Face Uncertain Future With Arrival Of Justice Center

Immigrant communities in Tukwila and SeaTac are under pressure.

Andy Bronson / The Herald 
                                Southbound traffic backs up as northbound drivers cruise on with ease on the Highway 99 viaduct on Tuesday, January 8.
WSDOT Hopes ‘Viadoom’ Habits Continue

The department credits commuters with adapting to the closure and mitigating impacts.

President’s Emergency Declaration Sparks Immediate Legal Backlash

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his team will sue the White House if federal funds originally intended for Washington state are interrupted.

Bill Targets Sexual Health Curriculum in Washington Schools

Senate Bill 5395 is co-sponsored by 17 Democratic representatives and introduced by Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Federal Way.

According to King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) annual report, Seattle had the highest rate of people using services at 36 percent of the total, followed by 31 percent from South King County, 18 percent from the greater Eastside, and 7 percent from north county including Shoreline.
Study Shows King County’s Treatment Funding Is Making Progress

A document on the county’s .1 percent health sales tax was accepted Wednesday by the county council.

Children’s play area at Seadrunar. Photo by Lauren Davis via Facebook
The Seedy Side of Seadrunar

Public records reveal that Seattle drug rehab center was accused of neglecting children and clients in its care.

Somali Community Faces SeaTac Displacement

Proposed redevelopment threatens the heart of the Somali business community.

14.1 Inches And Counting: Record-Breaking Snow Pounds King County

Several winter storms passed through the region, dumping more than 14 inches of snow.

Most Read