Opposed: Initiative 1631

ABC opposes I-1631, the carbon fee initiative, which seeks to impose a new carbon emissions fee on employers in Washington State, while exempting six of the state’s top 10 largest polluters and providing little accountability for spending.

While ABC supports efforts to reduce the carbon footprint, we’re not convinced that I-1631 is the right way to achieve this, and your Government Affairs Council voted unanimously in opposition.  This initiative will raise energy costs for Washington families and small businesses while giving little assurance that a meaningful reduction of carbon emissions can be achieved.

I-1631 would establish an escalating fee on carbon emissions starting at $15 per metric ton and would raise an estimated $1 billion per year to start.  This would lead to an immediate increase of 14 cents per gallon to the cost of gasoline, along with higher utility bills. The fee would increase annually by $2 per ton plus inflation, driving up costs further.

I-1631’s unelected board would have broad authority to disperse billions with little accountability and no specific plan, no requirements to spend funds specifically to reduce greenhouse gases, and no guarantee of effectiveness.

Opposed: Initiative 1634

ABC’s Government Affairs Council voted unanimously to oppose Initiative 1634 which would prohibit new or increased local taxes, fees, or assessments on raw or processed foods or beverages (with exceptions), or their ingredients.  

We support efforts to ensure that government at every level seeks operating efficiencies before raising revenues through taxation and fees.  We also recognize that efforts to restrict new sources of revenues for cities and counties increases local dependence on already-established revenue sources, including construction permits, inspection fees, and business licenses.  State law already precludes taxes on groceries, and sugary and carbonated beverages contribute to epidemic levels of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, further burdening our healthcare system, increasing employee absenteeism and driving up the cost of health insurance and other employee benefits for employers and employees alike.  

Washington State Senate

           
  Sen. Sharon Brown
R - Kennewick
8th District
  Sen. Manka Dhingra
D - Redmond
45th District 
  Sen. Doug Ericksen 
R - Ferndale
42nd District
           
           
  Sen. Joe Fain
R - Kent
47th District
  Sen. Phil Fortunato
R - Auburn
31st District
  Sen. David Frockt
D - Seattle
46th District
     
 
 
       
  Sen. Steve Hobbs
D - Lake Stevens
44th District
  Jeff Holy
R - Spokane
6th District
  Marty McClendon
R - Gig Harbor
26th District
           
           
  Sen. Mark Miloscia
R - Federal Way
30th District
  Sen. Steve O'Ban
R - University Place (LRC)
28th District
  Jesse Salomon
D - Shoreline
32nd District
           
           
  Sen. Tim Sheldon
D - Hoodsport
35th District
  Rodney Tom
D - Bellevue
48th District
  Sen. Keith Wagoner
R - Sedro Wooley
39th District


Washington State Legislature

           
  Rep. Andrew Barkis 
R – Lacey
2nd District  

Rep. Steve Bergquist
R – Renton
11th District

Matt Boehnke
R – Kennewick
8th District 
           
           
  Rep. Vincent Buys
R – Lynden
42nd District
  Rep. Michelle Caldier
R – Port Orchard
26th District
  Kelly Chambers
R – Puyallup*
25th District
           
           
  Chris Corry
R – Yakima
14th District
  Jeremie Dufault
R – Selah
15th District
  Rep. Carolyn Eslick
R – Sultan
39th District
           
           
  Maia Espinoza
R – University Place
28th District
  Chris Gildon
R – Puyallup*
25th District
  Rep. Paul Graves
R – Fall City (LRC)
5th District
           
           
  Rep. Dan Griffey
R – Allyn
35th District
  Rep. Mark Hargrove
R – Covington
47th District
  Rep. Mark Harmsworth
R – Mill Creek
44th District 
           
           
  Rep. Dave Hayes
R– Stanwood
10th District
  Larry Hoff
R – Vancouver*
18th District
  Rep. Morgan Irwin
R – Enumclaw
31st District
           
           
  Rep. Vicki Kraft
R – Vancouver
17th District
  Rep. Joel Kretz
R – Okanogan County
7th District
  Dave Lucas
R – Spokane
3rd District
           
           
  Rep. Drew MacEwen
R - Union
35th District
  Chad Magendanz
R– Issaquah
5th District
  Rep. Gina Mosbrucker
R – Goldendale
14th District
           
 
 


 


  Dick Muri
R – Tacoma
28th District
  Rep. Ed Orcutt
R - Kalama
20th District
  Rep. Kristine Reeves
D – Federal Way (LRC)
30th District
           
           
  Skyler Rude
R – Walla Walla
16th District
  Rep. Tana Senn
D – Mercer Island
41st District
  Rep. Norma Smith
R – Oak Harbor
10th District
           
           
  Rep. Larry Springer
D – Kirkland
45th District
  Rep. Mike Steele
R – Chelan
12th District
  Rep. Drew Stokesbary
R – Auburn (1)
31st District
           
           
  Robert Sutherland
R – Monroe
39th District
  Rep. Luanne Van Werven
R – Bellingham
42nd District
  Rep. Brandon Vick
R – Ridgefield
18th District
           
           
  Rep. Mike Volz
R – Spokane
6th District
  Amy Walen
D – Kirkland
48th District
  Rep. Jim Walsh
R – Longview
19th District
           
           
  Rep. J.T. Wilcox
R – Yelm (LRC)
2nd District
       

U.S. House of Representatives Congressional

     
  Dino Rossi
R*(1)
8th District
 

*  Denotes open seat

(1) Special guest at ABC of Western Washington’s 2018 Free Enterprise Reception

(LRC)  Endorsed by ABC strategic partner, the Washington Liability Reform Coalition


Rep. Ed Orcutt
R – Kalama
20th District
Rep. Ed Orcutt
R – Kalama
20th District