As state’s CO2 tax faces voters, Inslee Administration using taxpayer funds to campaign for policy
Apr 15, 2024

As Washington’s CO2 tax, known as the Climate Commitment Act, heads to the ballot this fall, this logo highlighting projects that received funding from that tax will become more prevalent.

And you are paying for it.

The use of taxpayer-resources to promote the CO2 tax follows the decision by the legislature to send one-time checks of $200 to utility customers funded by the Climate Commitment Act just two-months before the November election. It is part of a pattern we are likely to see accelerate as the vote on I-2117, which would repeal the CO2 tax, draws near.

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Supply chain shortages are changing how restaurants source meat
Apr 10, 2024

Under federal law antibiotics are banned in the food supply, yet food companies feel compelled to market their absence in meat products. One fast food chain recently announced a change to its meat sourcing standards and many customers are questioning the change.

Whether foods are labeled “antibiotic free” or not is irrelevant in the discussion of the existence of antibiotics in meat products. There are strict policies enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the use of antibiotics in the raising of livestock for consumption. Those policies ensure antibiotics are virtually non-existent in the U.S. food supply.

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Olympia lawmakers: Tax relief, please

There’s been debatable talk this month from lawmakers about how often bipartisan legislation successfully winds its way through Olympia. Next session, legislation that should succeed bipartisanly is broad-based tax relief. 

While the state has a surplus of money it isn’t sharing with the taxpayers who provided it, increasing inflation is harming workers and their real average hourly earnings. In addition to increased prices for goods and services, Washingtonians are experiencing government inflation via new payroll taxes for workers that began in 2019 and 2023. With taxes heavy on workers’ minds in April, this month would be a perfect time for state lawmakers to vow to decrease the tax burden in Washington state when they gather next. 

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