Driving Miss McCleary: 10% gas hike proposed for K-12 funding
Originally aired: Friday, January 6, 2017
As details of Gov. Jay Inslee's carbon tax proposal begin to take form in a bill expected to be introduced next week, one fact has become clear: The governor isn't cowed by the failure of a more moderate carbon tax ballot measure that 60 percent of the state voters rejected only two months ago.
Chris Davis, the governor's senior adviser for energy and carbon markets, said Gov. Inslee's greenhouse gas tax proposal is an improvement on Proposition 732 in a variety of ways. It corrals needed funds for education in a state facing a Washington Supreme Court order to spend more money on K-12 schools; it provides a small business tax cut, and it prompts a decline in carbon emissions.