Gov. Jay Inslee introduced his plan to bring Washington State into alignment with the goals for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that were set into state law in 2008. His proposal is to develop a system for cap-and-trade of GHG pollution that would be “the most comprehensive and probably the most progressive carbon-pollution regulation system anywhere in the world,” according to Alan Durning, executive director of the Sightline Institute, as quoted by the Seattle Times. Inslee’s plan would raise $947 million in 2017 and the money would be allocated to the following programs:
- $400 million on transportation projects.
- $380 million on education.
- $163 million on tax rebates and other help for low-income communities.
- $3.5 million on administering the program.
Read more from the Seattle Times here.