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By Emma Scher
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Carbon fee back on the table for Washington


March 21, 2019

Despite past voter rejection of similar proposals, Senate Transportation Committee chair Steve Hobbs rolled out a comprehensive funding package that would impose a carbon pollution fee and gas tax increase to fund transportation projects statewide.

Under the proposed package, which is moving through the Senate, consumers would pay an additional 6 cents per gallon in state tax at the pump. The money would go into a new Forward Washington Account to fund specific projects.

Sen. Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, is the prime sponsor of Senate Bills 5970, 5971 and 5972, which have received praise from bot...

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