Initiative 2117

Repealing the Hidden Gas Tax

Initiative Measure No. 2117 concerns carbon tax credit trading.
This measure would prohibit state agencies from imposing any type of carbon tax credit trading, and repeal legislation establishing a cap and invest program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

BALLOT SUMMARY

This measure would prohibit state agencies from imposing any type of carbon tax credit trading, including “cap and trade” or “cap and tax” programs, regardless of whether the resulting increased costs are imposed on fuel recipients or fuel suppliers. It would repeal sections of the 2021 Washington Climate Commitment Act as amended, including repealing the creation and modification of a “cap and invest” program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by specific entities.

FIXING BAD POLICY

Senate Bill 5126 (2021): Also known as the Climate Commitment Act, this legislation created a cap-and-invest program for greenhouse gas emissions that resulted in a 50-cent-per-gallon increase in gas prices and a 62-cent-per-gallon increase in diesel when it was implemented starting Jan. 1, 2023.

OUR POSITION

I-2117 AT A GLANCE

INITIATIVE FILED: May 30, 2023
SIGNATURES SUBMITTED: 466,072
SIGNATURES REQUIRED: 324,516
DATE CERTIFIED: Jan. 16, 2024
HOUSE COMMITTEE: Environment & Energy
SENATE COMMITTEE: Environment, Energy & Technology
ACTION TAKEN: None

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

House Republican Leader Drew Stokesbary and Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, explain how an attempt to move I-2117 forward during the 2024 legislative session was rejected by the majority Democrats who authored the costly Climate Commitment Act and have so far been unwilling to re-examine their policy.

THE PROPOSED LAW

MOTION FOR HEARING

House Republican Leader Drew Stokesbary explains to fellow legislators why a public hearing on I-2117 should be scheduled in the House Environment & Energy Committee. Majority Democrats rejected the motion for a hearing in a party-line vote. View vote count → View vote count →

HOW REGRESSIVE DEMOCRATIC POLICIES INCREASED WASHINGTON’S GAS PRICES

For weeks during the summer of 2023, Washington had the distinction of having the highest gas prices in the nation – competing for the unfortunate honor with California. Prices hovered around $5 a gallon in Washington. And it affected everyone, especially those who can least afford it.

HOW REGRESSIVE DEMOCRATIC POLICIES INCREASED WASHINGTON’S GAS PRICES

For weeks during the summer of 2023, Washington had the distinction of having the highest gas prices in the nation – competing for the unfortunate honor with California. Prices hovered around $5 a gallon in Washington. And it affected everyone, especially those who can least afford it.

Note: The ballot title, which appears in the dark gray box, and the ballot summary are supplied by the Office of the Attorney General as the official language of this initiative to the Legislature. Signatures submitted source: Secretary of State