Radio Report: Connors’ effort to rebate revenues to motorists from excessive carbon tax gets cold shoulder from majority Democrats


A Kennewick Republican shares disappointment that majority Democrats in Olympia have shelved a plan to offer citizens a rebate from excessive carbon tax revenues, Nic Scott reports from the state Capitol.

 Radio Report Transcript

SCOTT: Representative April Connors said she’s displeased that majority Democrats have no interest in considering legislation that would return to motorists some of the windfall from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions. The carbon tax has increased the cost of gasoline by about 50 cents a gallon in Washington state, even though the governor said, “We are talking about pennies,” when asked what impacts would come from the tax on CO2.

CONNORS: “It was an excess revenue – it was money that the state did not anticipate. This is people’s money, out of their pockets, that should have been returned to them.”

SCOTT: Connors and Representative Mary Dye proposed rebates of $214 to each registered vehicle owner, but majority Democrats haven’t been interested in giving the legislation a hearing.

CONNORS: “It would have solicited a lot of people who wanted to come and testify. I think it would have shown a lot of holes in the program and I think they didn’t want that out in the public.”

SCOTT: Connors says that she’s committed to returning any excess revenues from these programs back to the people.

Nic Scott, the state Capitol.

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