Gov. Inslee's carbon fuel tax plan currently includes corporate exemptions

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According to the Associated Press, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee made a forceful push Tuesday for a carbon tax in his annual state of the state address which is estimated to generate $3 billion between 2020-2024 to combat climate change in Washington. Climate Change protesters are depicted in this file photo in Seattle, April 2017. (photo: KOMO News). 

Anyone driving a car or truck will pay more in gas tax under a plan unveiled by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, but corporations like Boeing, Puget Sound Energy and other companies with a financial stake in using fossil fuels will receive exemptions under tax hike outlined in his annual State Of The State speech yesterday in the Olympia Legislature, according to State Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale).

The Republican critic of Inslee's proposed plan that would hike carbon fuel taxes by a projected $3 billion between 2020-2024 says, "its a very frustrating exercise." Ericksen continued, "they told PSE if you go out and make investments in your system you get a rate reduction. So this is a corporate giveaway like you wouldn't believe. This is 'he who has the most lobbyists wins' legislation."

Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed carbon fuel tax is essentially a "back door gas tax", according to KVI host John Carlson.

"Ya know, its classic for the Democrats and Jay Inslee who rail against corporate loopholes every day to be creating the bill with the most corporate loopholes I think we've ever had in Olympia. So what happens is, your poor person pays the extra amount to light and heat their home with the higher electricity and natural gas bill but PSE gets to use that money to go buy a battery charger for the guy with the Tesla who lives in the rich area of town, " says Ericksen.

"So those poor people can feel very good about themselves (that) they're helping a guy with a Tesla get a new battery charger in their house.", Ericksen concluded.

Carlson says the Inslee proposal works out to be about $.20 per gallon of gas, "but unlike the $.49 per gallon gas tax that exists currently, that money has to be used for roads. That money has to be used for transportation. But not this one. Not the (Inslee) $.20 increase." Instead that proposed carbon fuel tax money will go to the state's general fund.

Ericksen responded by calling that tax money, "The Jay Inslee slush fund for him to go out and try to pick winners and losers, buy off companies. Whatever he wants to do with it."

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