Report: Gas tax may increase $1.17 under Gov. Jay Inslee plan

By Neal McNamara | May 14, 2014
Transportation Revenue

The group SHIFT Washington is reporting that Gov. Jay Inslee may impose low-carbon fuel standards by next year, which could result in a gas tax increase of up to $1.17.

According to an article on SHIFT Washington:

“… Inslee and his staff had promised their partners in the Pacific Coast Collaborative (the Governors of California and Oregon, and the [premier of] British Columbia) that Washington would “establish [low carbon fuel standards] by administrative rule” in “Q1 2015.” That target date was listed in a working draft for the PCC that has not been released previously.

“However, that promise is something [that] Inslee has denied in several high-profile ways. He said at a January forum hosted by the Associated Press that “we have not made a decision on [ LCFS].” And in a letter attacking State Senate Republicans for questioning his plans to impose his gas-tax scheme, Inslee wrote, “That you say I have to ‘come clean’ implies I have in some way been hiding my intentions. This is offensive and untrue.”

Inslee consultants has indicated that implementing the low-carbon fuel standards could cost increase the gas tax by upward of $1 per gallon.

(Update 10:39 a.m.) Inslee spokesman David Postman told KTTH that the SHIFT Washington story is “nonsense,” and that SHIFT is “dedicated to attacking the governor.” 

“The governor has been upfront about his position on a clean fuel standard,” Postman wrote in an email. “He said it at a televised legislative hearing in October of last year and then again on live TV from the Pacific Coast Collaborative. He has been consistent in saying it is a valuable tool for fighting impacts of climate change.

“But he has also said he doesn’t have a specific plan yet. And this is what the debate has been about. Critics worry that there is a plan that we won’t share. That’s not true. And that’s why the governor has said it’d be wrong to talk about any costs associated with a clean fuel standard. And in no way are those costs a tax.”

 

 

 

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