- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Campaign records show that California billionaire Tom Steyer has donated $80,000 to a planned Washington state ballot initiative to tackle climate change.

The Seattle Times reports (http://goo.gl/f1yJQR ) that Steyer’s group, NextGen Climate Action, is backing the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy.

The coalition of environmental, labor and social justice groups is working to put a measure to voters to limit greenhouse gas emissions and impose new fees on carbon pollution. Money raised would go to clean-energy projects, low-income communities and other causes.

The measure is still being finalized. Backers must gather 246,372 valid signatures from registered voters by July to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

A competing effort, Initiative 732, would tax carbon pollution while cutting other taxes. If lawmakers don’t act, it would go on the 2016 ballot. Campaign records show the I-732 campaign has raised nearly $700,000.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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