Carbon Tax debate continues to draw controversy

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WENATCHEE – A proposed carbon tax in Washington State is on the agenda for discussion this morning at the Chelan County PUD Commissioners morning work session. The proposed tax is currently being debated in Olympia and received a hearing last week before the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Senator Reuven Carlyle sponsored the bill.

Among those raising concerns was Carolyn Logue with the Washington Food Industry Association.

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Meanwhile the PUD has been analyzing the bill and Commissioners are set to discuss it starting at 10 am.

12th District Representative Mike Steele says he’s doubtful that a proposed tax on carbon emissions will be good for North Central Washington. The Chelan Republican expressed his concerns on this week’s The 12th District program on NCWLIFE Channel.

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The measure is now being debated in the Senate after it passed out of committee last week. 12th District Senator, Brad Hawkins is a member of that committee but said he’s still undecided.

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The proposal would tax fossil fuel emissions at 12 dollars a metric ton and increase by a dollar 80 a year until it reaches 30 dollars a metric ton. This would be an initial 18 cent a gallon increase.