Montana Lawmakers Ask Washington State for Time on Colstrip

A bill before the Washington Legislature would authorize Colstrip’s largest owner, Puget Sound Energy, to file a plan to decommission Colstrip’s two oldest units. Montana Sen. Rick Ripley warned that if the bill passes, Montana lawmakers would likely call a special session to propose legislation to protect Montana’s economy from the effect of a partial shutdown.

Competing Carbon Tax Initiatives Likely in 2016

Amidst all of the arguments for and against I-732, a lingering question remains: will the legislature pass an I-732 B that will end up on the ballot next to Carbon WA’s proposal? Testimony from key business groups indicated willingness to push for an alternative.

Obama Vows to Press Ahead on Clean Power Plan after Setback

Tuesday’s surprising move by the U.S. Supreme Court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents, who call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.” By issuing the temporary freeze, a 5-4 majority of the justices signaled that opponents made strong arguments against the rules. The high court’s four liberal justices said they would have denied the request for delay.

Reprioritizing MTCA Funds Causes Stir Up Amongst Environmentalists

Toxic cleanup projects are facing a shortfall of $44.3 million. Senate Bill 6570, sponsored by Senator Ericksen, would “delay MTCA funding to lower priority programs in order to fully fund toxic cleanup.” The Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) was passed by voters in 1988 to generate revenue for toxic cleanups throughout the state. Primarily paid by oil companies, it didn’t generate much revenue at first. But, skyrocketing oil prices turned the fund into a revenue generating machine that has been repeatedly used to shore up the state’s

Montana Republicans and Democrats Stand United

When it comes to proposed legislation including the Colstrip power plant closure bill, SB 6248, it’s important to remember that the decisions of a few, in this case in Washington State, could result in a costly ripple effect stretching far and wide. It would start predominantly in our own districts in Montana, and ultimately touch communities throughout this region of the U.S.

I-732 Taxes Pollution, Not People

Joe Ryan, Co-Chair of the Yes on I-732 Campaign, respond’s to the Washington State Labor Council’s opposition to I-732. Ryan says, “By shifting the tax burden onto carbon pollution and away from regressive and burdensome taxes that hurt families and businesses, I-732 focuses on encouraging cleaner energy solutions and putting money back in the pockets of Washington state families and businesses.” He and Carbon WA also disagree with the Office of Financial Management’s financial assessment.

Washington State Democratic Party Takes Position Opposing CarbonWA’s I-732

Saturday, during its 2016 winter meeting, the Washington State Democratic Party went on record as opposed to CarbonWA’s I-732, joining the Washington State Labor Council and IAM’s District Lodge 751 in the no camp. I-732 is a complex tax swap proposal that would levy a carbon tax while also reducing sales and business & occupation taxes.