YES ON I-732

Act NOW on climate change

Our proposal makes taxes more fair and promotes
cleaner energy with four bold steps.

Cut the sales tax
by 1%

Pay less at the cash register.

Fund a tax rebate for working families

Provide a tax credit of up to $1,500 a year for 400,000 low-income households.

Reduce the B&O tax on manufacturing

Keep good, living-wage manufacturing jobs in Washington.

Add a tax to
fossil fuels

Pay for the tax cuts and tax the right thing – pollution.

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Yoram Bauman video: Why you should support I-732

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Yes On 732 campaign co-chair Yoram Bauman recently took to the stage to explain how Initiative 732 really works — and why voters should support it in November. As the world’s only “stand-up economist,” Yoram brings a healthy dose of humor to his presentation, along with some easy-to-follow explanations of how I-732 is good for Washington and good for the climate. Click on “More” to enjoy.

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Audubon Washington backs Initiative 732

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Half of birds at riskAudubon Washington — the statewide chapter of the National Audubon Society — has announced its support for I-732.

“Climate change is a threat to birds and people, and a carbon tax is a proven solution to reduce greenhouse gases,” said Gail Gatton, executive director for Audubon Washington. “Not only will passing I-732 help reduce carbon pollution, but it will encourage clean sources of energy and secure a sustainable and prosperous future for our state. I-732 is the best option available today to protect birds from this threat, and we can’t afford to stand on the sidelines.”

Read “Why We Support I-732,” the Audubon news release, “Cutting Carbon Pollution” and Audubon’s “Take Action” page (where you can show your support for I-732!).

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Republican George Shultz and Democrat Jim McDermott Endorse I-732

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PRESS RELEASE

Washington State revenue-neutral carbon tax initiative attracts growing bipartisan support from leaders who are concerned about the damaging impacts of climate change

SEATTLE, July 12, 2016 – George Shultz (R), Former U.S. Secretary of State & Secretary of the Treasury, and U.S. Representative Jim McDermott (D), have each announced their endorsement of I-732, the country’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax initiative that will go before voters in the November general election. Shultz and McDermott join leaders on both sides of the aisle in their support of this fiscally conservative and socially progressive policy to protect our children and future generations from the negative impacts of climate change. A full list of endorsements can be found at http://yeson732.org/endorsements/.

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I-732 is endorsed by a bipartisan group of citizens, business leaders, scientists, economists, public officials, and social and environmental leaders.

Ron-Sims-roundRon Sims
Former King County Executive

Bill-Finkbeiner-roundBill Finkbeiner
Former Republican Senate Minority Leader

Sharon Nelson
Former Consumer Reports Board Chair, former UTC Commissioner

Cliff Mass
Professor, Atmospheric Sciences

Krist-Novoselic-roundKrist Novoselic
Musician and activist

What people are saying about Initiative 732

Please join me in voting Yes on I-732. We have a moral obligation to current and future generations to fight climate change. I-732 takes a critical first step in that fight and also has helped spark a long-overdue conversation about reforming our broken tax structure. I will work with my fellow legislators to take more aggressive steps to move away from fossil fuels in the years ahead, but pricing carbon pollution is an essential first step and can’t wait any longer.

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-34th District

A revenue-neutral carbon tax like the I-732 proposal in Washington State is the right way to tackle climate change in a way that’s fair to American households, and that works for American businesses.

Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy (2009-2013) and winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics

Climate change is the biggest market failure of our time.   If the United States is to continue to lead and innovate, we must move away from fossil fuels and focus on developing clean, inexpensive, renewable energy sources. A price on carbon is the best policy to promote this change. I proposed legislation similar to I-732 at the federal level, and I’m excited to endorse this state initiative and help Washington launch this nation-leading climate policy. Vote Yes on I-732!

Jim McDermott, U.S. Representative for Washington's 7th Congressional District

I support the concept and urgency behind I-732. We must act on climate to protect future generations in a way that safeguards funding for vital services, ensures a just transition for workers and benefits communities of color that are impacted by climate change. I-732 is a good first step towards that goal.

Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-46th District

Passage of Initiative 732 would be an important step forward in combating climate change and ... stemming the worst effects on low-income people and on the ecosystem that sustains us all.

Board of Directors, Interfaith Works

"Passing I-732 would let Washington state set the national example of putting a price on carbon emissions. Do you want to lower the sales tax by 1%, and make large-scale polluters pay their fair share instead? Do you want to incentivize green energy, while providing a just transition to lower-income families? (Are you tired of government gridlock and inaction on this issue?) Let’s act on climate now, with the plan that will jump-start our future with clean energy. Let’s make history. Vote YES on I-732."

Jim Moeller, Representative 49th Legislative District (D)

From my perspective it is simply the health of humans vs. the profit of polluters and I’ll vote health every time.

Richard Weisman, Solar Blog

I-732 is a serious proposal which I hope will act as the starting point for productive discussions within the Senate for forging a bipartisan agreement on climate action.

Sen. Mark Miloscia, (R-30th District)

As a business community, we have an opportunity not just to make a change in Washington, but to pave a moderate path that is both pro-business and pro-environment, and that can be adopted across the country. It is not an overstatement to say that the impact of that could change the world for our children and our grandchildren . . .

A-P Hurd, president, Touchstone

In Washington, we can agree on two things: 1) climate change is bad; and 2) the state's tax structure is bad and the sales tax burden falls disproportionately on the poor.    I-732 supporters respectfully asked the Legislature to address these policy issues, and it declined.  As a former regulator, I endorse I-732 because it is a simple and effective policy to address climate change.  It has been working in British Columbia since 2008.  Unlike  more complicated cap and trade regulatory schemes, the policy of I-732 is not susceptible to game playing and loophole making by special interests.  It will stand the test of time and benefit all residents of Washington, especially lower income people.

Sharon L. Nelson, Former Chairman of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

"With the negative impacts of climate change becoming more obvious each month, I-732 is a solid step toward making the polluters pay a fair carbon tax.  While there is a lot of talk about alternatives, I-732 is the only major step forward to action."

Mike Doherty, Retired Clallam County Commissioner

I am endorsing I-732 because it is a pragmatic and progressive approach to address climate change in Washington.  It has been a proven success in British Columbia, our neighbor to the north, which has an economy and ecology similar to ours.  From my long experience in the Legislature, I know that all of the questions about the revenue neutrality of I-732 raised during the session can be addressed by the Legislature after the initiative is passed. Climate change is one of the greatest moral challenges facing our generation. We can't wait any longer for action. Vote Yes on I-732

Judy Clibborn, Washington State Representative, 41st Legislative District (D)

Who We Are

I-732 was created by students, activists, scientists, economists and concerned citizens who believe that we have a moral obligation to reduce carbon pollution and to make our tax system fairer and more sustainable. We realized we couldn’t wait any longer for someone else to address climate change — that ordinary citizens need to act now. Our policy will promote cleaner energy and

clearer skies (it’s worked elsewhere!) and it will get the job done without higher taxes, expensive new regulations, or big bureaucracies.

Carbon Washington is the organization we formed to gather signatures, collect donations and run our initiative campaign.

More than 360,000 citizens signed our petition. I-732 will be on the statewide ballot in November. You can help by talking with your friends and neighbors, signing up for our weekly email blast, connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter, and donating so we can get our message to more people. You can also join one of our chapters across the state. 

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