OLYMPIA – A State Senate Committee heard testimony yesterday on a proposed carbon tax. Governor Jay Inslee has made it one of his main priorities and he commented on it during Tuesday’s public hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Tuesday’s public hearing included testimony from a variety of groups. At one point during the meeting Committee member, 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins, took issue with comments suggesting the State is already a world leader in clean energy.
Gasoline prices could increase 6 to 9 percent if the bill is passed and would raise $3.3 billion in revenue over four years. State Senator Doug Erickson says a carbon tax would raise fuel prices by about 20 cents in the first day.
In the Puget Sound alone about $40 billion to meet that region’s infrastructure needs.