Initiative 732, which would impose a carbon emission tax should it pass, may be going to the ballot.
The Office of Secretary of State said its Elections Division has been notified that Carbon Washington will submit signatures tomorrow, Dec. 30, 12 p.m. at the Elections Division Office. According to a Facebook post, Carbon Washington said it has over 350,000 signatures to turn in; it only needs 247,000 valid signatures.
If validated, the measure would first go to the 2016 legislature, where lawmakers can either pass it or let voters decide on the 2016 ballot.
The initiative would impose a carbon emission tax on the sale or use of fossil fuels at $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2017. The tax would then increase gradually to $100 per metric town. It would also reduce the sales tax rate by one percentage point over two years, increase the low-income sales tax exemption and reduce certain manufacturing taxes.