Washington state members of National Association of Independent Businesses are leading an advertising campaign against proposed new taxes that the governor wants placed on fuel.

Called hidden costs by their opponents, the levies in the form of low carbon fuel standards would be on top of proposed gas tax increases being considered by the legislature to support transportation improvements. If both are adopted, Washington could have the second highest fuel taxes in the nation.

“Governor Inslee’s own administration has said his climate plan could raise fuel prices by over a dollar per gallon,” said Patrick Connor, Washington state director for NFIB. “Small businesses, which are disproportionally affected by tax increases, simply can’t afford the governor’s carbon tax and LCFS.” 

A new round of radio and online advertising to educate Washington voters on the topic started running today statewide urging citizens to contact their state legislators and ask them to oppose the low carbon fuel levy. In addition, NFIB launched a new website to provide information on the governor’s climate proposal and another link to view the advertisements.