Campaign News

Hello carbon tax friends: Here’s the latest developments after another great week of solid progress from Duncan and Kyle and the rest of the CarbonWA team:

Annotated draft legislation: One of our winter deliverables was to finalize our legal language, so here’s an annotated copy of our latest draft (annotated meaning that there’s some plain English to go along with the legalese!). Stay tuned for an official ballot title from the Secretary of State’s office for our latest draft; we expect this to be out on Monday, and we will post it on Facebook and Twitter. More generally, we are making good progress towards being able to file a final version on March 11, the first day that we can file our Initiative to the Legislature.

Spare office space? Before Duncan signs a lease for an office space he wanted to send out one last request for a pro bono contribution, so: Please email ASAP if you happen to have some accessible office space that you’d be willing to donate to the campaign!

Want to host a house party? We’ve got a half dozen volunteers who have offered to host a fundraiser/friendraiser house party, but there’s room for more, so email ASAP if you want to host a fun event in March or April. You provide the space, we’ll take care of the details!

Events: I’ll be part of CityClub’s March Civic Cocktail on W March 4, and Duncan and Kyle are scheduled to be part of an event at Bainbridge Art Museum that same evening. Then the CCL Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Conference is coming up March 7-8 in Seattle; CarbonWA will be tabling and I’ll be doing my comedy-and-carbon-taxes routine on Saturday March 7. Cliff Mass will be at Town Hall on W March 11, and I’ll be at Town Hall on M March 16 for a panel on “Putting a price on Washington’s climate pollution” with KC Golden, Todd Myers, and Nicole Keenan. Further afield it looks like I’ll be in Spokane around April 15, Whidbey Island around April 22, and Bainbridge Island around April 29, so email me if you want to organize events or a house party while I’m in town! Details on most upcoming events are here.

Readings: Lee James has an op-ed in the Everett Herald that plugs both CCL and CarbonWA (“Tax carbon, then give the money back”). On the legal front, CarbonWA’s legal advisor Bill Appel has an article in the February issue of the state Bar Association’s Environmental and Land Use Law Newsletter: “How A British Columbia-Style Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax Would Work In Washingtion State”, p16); see also the article on “Climate Change and Clean Energy” by Leslie Seffern and Rod Brown in the same issue (p12). Anna Fahey at Sightline provides an update on “Latinos and Republicans Favor Climate Action?”. As if in response, there’s a flurry of mostly-pro-carbon-tax writings from the right side of the political spectrum: Bob Inglis of RepublicEn on “Are conservatives turning a corner on climate?”; Andrew Moylan of R Street on “How to tax carbon” in the American Conservative; and Eli Lehrer, also of R Street, says carbon taxes are “Better than regulation” in the Weekly Standard. Nationally, the NYT reports on “Bills in Washington State Seek to End Use of Coal”, and there’s discussion of support for a (global) carbon price from oil giant BP in the Christian Science Monitor: “BP’s two-word fix for global climate change”. And there’s a great paper on the BC carbon tax from Thomas Pederson and Stewart Elgie: “A template for the world: British Columbia’s carbon tax shift.” (Yeah!!)

As always comments welcome on the blog or via Facebook and Twitter.


Comments ( 1 )

  • Jim Adcock says:

    I worry that the change to the teeny tiny B&O tax rates will be seen by many voters as being a “giveaway” to businesses. It might seem more sensible to more voters to still lower the B&O taxes, but to do so to “sensibly small” rather than “teen tiny” values. For example, reduce B&O taxes by 75% rather than 99.9%

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