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Informational Webinar: Initiatives before voters; what you can do to help

Informational Webinar: Initiatives before voters; what you can do to help – Join us on June 13 at 10:00 to learn about the initiatives – Capital-gains repeal, cap-and-trade (hidden gas tax) repeal, long-term care reform — that will be before voters at the general-election ballot in November and how you can get involved. Brian Haywood and Dann Mead-Smith will discuss the three Let’s Go Washington initiatives have already qualified to be on the ballot. AGC’s BUILD PAC supported the campaign financially. At this meeting, we will also discuss Initiative 2066 which stops the ban of natural gas and protects energy choice. The Yes on I-2066 campaign is still in the signature gathering phase. The campaign needs to collect 405,000 signatures from registered voters by July 5, 2024, for it to qualify for the ballot in November.  AGC’s BUILD PAC supports this initiative also.

Let’s Go Washington Initiatives on the November Ballot

  • I-2117: 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.
  • I-2109: Would repeal an excise tax imposed on the sale or exchange of certain long-term capital assets by individuals who have annual capital gains of over $250,000.
  • I-2124: Would amend state law establishing a state long term care insurance program to provide that employees and self-employed people must elect to keep coverage under RCW 50B.04, allow employees to opt-out of coverage under RCW 50B.04 at any time, and repeal a current law governing exemptions for employees who had purchased long term care insurance before November 1, 2021.

Protect Energy Choice

  • I-2066: Would require utilities and local governments to provide natural gas to eligible customers; prevent state approval of rate plans requiring or incentivizing gas service termination, restricting access to gas service, or making it cost-prohibitive; and prohibit the state energy code, localities, and air pollution control agencies from penalizing gas use. It would repeal sections of chapter 351, Laws of 2024, including planning requirements for cost-effective electrification and prohibitions on gas rebates and incentives.

Click here to register for AGCW’s June 13 informational webinar on the initiatives. If you have questions regarding the initiatives or what you can do to help with any of these initiatives, please reach out to AGCW’s Jerry VanderWood or Michele Willms.

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