- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A group called Carbon Washington says it is gathering signatures for an initiative to tax carbon pollution.

They want tax every metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions of fossil fuels sold or used in the state starting in 2017. The tax goes to $25 a ton in the second year, and gradually increases over time.

Revenues would be used to cut the state sales tax by a point, eliminate business taxes for manufacturers and help working families.

The group must collect nearly 247,000 valid signatures to put Initiative 732 before the 2016 Legislature. If lawmakers don’t act, it would go on the 2016 ballot.

Yoram Bauman says the group isn’t opposed to or competing with Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to charge the state’s biggest polluters a fee on greenhouse gas emissions. But he says they don’t want to miss a chance to put it to voters in 2016.

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