February 2015

Hello carbon tax friends: Big news this week because…

CarbonWA is hiring! Our campaign co-directors Kyle Murphy and Duncan Clauson are assembling a team of talented organizers to help us build a strong volunteer network, get the word out about CarbonWA, and collect signatures. We are open to candidates across the state, but we are especially interested in hiring in the greater Puget Sound region. More details in this job posting (PDF), please share widely! Applications and inquires can be directed to Kyle@carbonwa.org(more…)

Carbon Washington is hiring regional campaign representatives for our upcoming signature-gathering campaign. Details below and in this PDF, please help spread the word!

We are assembling a team of talented organizers to help us build a strong volunteer network, get the word out about CarbonWA, and collect signatures. We are open to candidates across the state, but we are especially interested in hiring in the greater Puget Sound region. Applications and inquires can be directed to Kyle@carbonwa.org. Please share widely!

Comment: Annotations are in italics and/or in green and (starting in section 1 below) begin with a green comment number for easy reference. Mostly minor changes from the previous draft—here’s a Track Changes comparison—and FYI for the previous version the legal language is also posted on the Secretary of State’s website here, direct link to Word document is here. And here’s the ballot title for the previous version, we expect the ballot title for the new version to be similar: Ballot Title Initiative Measure No. 1397 concerns taxes. This measure would impose a tax on certain fossil fuels and electricity generated by fossil fuels, phase in a one-percentage-point sales tax reduction, reduce certain business taxes, and increase a sales tax exemption. Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ] Ballot Measure Summary This measure would impose a carbon pollution tax on the sale or use of certain fossil fuels and on electricity generated using fossil fuels, at the rate of $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2017, $25 per ton in 2018, and increasing 5.5% annually thereafter. Revenue generated through that tax would be offset by phasing in a 1% sales tax rate reduction, reducing certain business taxes, and increasing the working families’ tax exemption. (more…)

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: (more…)

Hello carbon tax friends: I’ve been fighting off a cold this week, so this will be a short update, but stay tuned for more news in a week or two because campaign co-directors Kyle and Duncan have been working hard on planning out the months ahead! (more…)

Comment: Annotations are in italics and/or in green and (starting in section 1 below) begin with a green comment number for easy reference. The legal language below is also posted on the Secretary of State’s website here, direct link to Word document is here.]

AN ACT Relating to taxation; amending RCW 82.04.240 [General tax on manufacturers], 82.04.240 [General tax on manufacturers], 82.04.2404 [Specific tax on semiconductor materials], 82.04.2909 [Specific tax on aluminum smelters], 82.04.294 [Specific tax on manufacturers of solar energy systems], 82.08.020 [Retail sales tax] and 82.08.0206 [Working families’ tax exemption]; reenacting and amending RCW 82.32.790 [Concerning semiconductor materials] and 82.04.260 [Tax on manufacturers]; adding a new chapter to Title 82 RCW [Excise taxes]; and providing an effective date.

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Hello carbon tax friends: Now that Kyle Murphy and Duncan Clauson have started full-time as campaign co-directors (focusing on Organizing and Operations, respectively, and avaiable via email at kyle@carbonwa.org and duncan@carbonwa.org) let’s look at the eight winter deliverables that the campaign will be focusing on completing in the weeks ahead. (more…)