Washington Tax on Carbon Initiative (2014)

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A Washington Tax on Carbon Initiative is not on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People. Also called Sustainable Economic Development Initiative, the measure would have imposed a tax, with exceptions, on fossil fuels based on their carbon content. This would have applied to all fossil fuels extracted, manufactured or introduced in Washington. It would also have phased in a 1 percent sales tax reduction, increased taxes for certain manufacturers by repealing existing rates and increased certain tax preferences. Three proposed initiatives, numbers 1355, 1357 and 1359, were all versions of this measure. The ballot titles and summaries for 1355 and 1357 can be read below. Initiative 1359, as of June 10, 2014, did not have a ballot title or summary available.[1]

Text of measure

Initiative 1355

Ballot title

The official ballot title read as follows:[1]

Initiative Measure No. 1355 concerns taxes.

This measure would impose a tax, with exceptions, on fossil fuels, phase in a one percentage-point sales tax reduction, increase taxes for certain manufacturers by repealing existing rates, and increase certain tax preferences.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ][2]

Ballot measure summary

The official ballot summary read as follows:[1]

This measure would tax, with exceptions, the carbon content of fossil fuels extracted, manufactured, or introduced in Washington, including fossil fuels used to generate electricity. Taxes would be $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2015, $25 per ton in 2016, increasing 5% annually thereafter. The measure would reduce state sales tax by 1% by 2016, increase business and occupation taxes on certain manufacturers by repealing existing tax rates, and increase certain tax preferences.[2]

Initiative 1357

Ballot title

The official ballot title read as follows:[1]

Initiative Measure No. 1357 concerns taxes.

This measure would impose a tax, with exceptions, on fossil fuels, phase in a one percentage-point sales tax reduction, increase taxes for certain manufacturers by repealing existing rates, and increase certain tax preferences.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ][2]

Ballot measure summary

The official ballot summary read as follows:[1]

This measure would tax, with exceptions, the carbon content of fossil fuels extracted, manufactured, or introduced in Washington, including fossil fuels used to generate electricity. Taxes would be $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2015, $25 per ton in 2016, increasing 5% annually thereafter. The measure would reduce state sales tax by 1% by 2016, increase business and occupation taxes on certain manufacturers by repealing existing tax rates, and increase certain tax preferences.[2]

Support

Yorum Bauman was the primary sponsor of the proposals for these three initiatives.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Washington

Supporters were required to collect at least 246,372 valid signatures by July 3, 2014 in order to land the initiative on the ballot. No signatures were submitted by the prescribed deadline.[1]

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Washington Secretary of State, "Proposed Initiatives to the People - 2014," accessed June 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.