I-1631 – – the Carbon Tax initiative has been officially named the “PROTECT WASHINGTON ACT”. I just finished reading it and it does a lot of things but “protecting Washington” is not one of them.
Let me preface this by stating that no one is more appreciative of clean air and water and our beautiful environment than I am. As an avid outdoors-man, I feel honored to live in an environment that defines “clean” as its guiding principle. Preserving our natural beauty is more than vital to our state’s core beliefs. As you read I-1631 however, you will soon see that this initiative only serves to add many additional layers of high cost government bureaucracy to an already bloated state government. It calls for politically appointed boards to authorize other politically appointed boards to direct a variety of state agencies to draft numerous regulations and policies that are merely referred to in concept within the initiative. Its funding core includes a tax on carbon emitters which equates to a fuel tax (projected to be around 15 cents per gallon) for all consumers in addition to the higher cost of many products as the majority of everything we purchase is delivered by trucks, which would be paying the higher cost of fuel.
Although there are many other equally troubling facets within I-1631, the unobstructed growth of government, coupled with the tax to pay for this growth being hoisted on the backs of our citizens gives me the greatest concern.
If all Washingtonian’s read I-1631 prior to voting on it in November, it would die of its own weight. I urge you to read all or at least parts so that you can help interpret it for your friends and neighbors.
I’m voting NO on I-1631. I hope you do the same.