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Washington Governor Proposes Carbon Tax

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has pushed an ambitious cap-and-trade program requiring the state's largest industries to pay for every ton of CO2 they release. The proposal is meant, in part, to meet Washington State’s projected $2 billion budget gap for the next two-year period. The plan could raise nearly $1 billion in the first year after it is enacted. The revenue would pay for transportation projects, education-funding requirements imposed by the state Supreme Court, and energy assistance to...

States Challenge Federal Control of Western Lands

The large swaths of federal lands in western states are at the center of a debate over the future of tens of millions of acres between the eastern rim of the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Under the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” signed into law in 2012 by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R), the federal government had until Dec. 31, 2014 to relinquish control of more than half of the 54.3 million acres Washington controls in the Beehive State. The deadline came and went, without any federal...

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