Small Business Anti-Carbon-Tax Central

Date: July 27, 2015

The first to take Gov. Jay Inslee up on his invitation to start the conversation on his climate plan, NFIB is leading the charge against having it contain higher fuel prices that would hit small business the hardest.
On February 16, NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor testified in favor of passing House Bill 1881, which would require express legislative authorization prior to the enactment of any regulation regarding the carbon content of fuel. Click the video below to listen to his testimony, which begins at 29:47 into the hearing.
NFIB was the first business group to produce a study on the impact on jobs, the first to commission two polls on the governor’s climate proposals, the first to produce two radio ads, and the first to produce two web ads aimed at getting the small-business voice heard on any climate law coming from the governor’s office, Legislature, or Department of Ecology.
We need your help. Join the fight. Call Gov. Jay Inslee Today! 360-902-4111. Tell him to keep his pledge not to raise taxes.
Arm yourself with the important information and then call the governor at the number above. Below are five news releases NFIB has issued where you’ll find the study, polls and radio ads. Below them are samples of media hits NFIB has already received on its campaign against a carbon tax. And below them are NFIB members David Degon and Frank Riordan talking about higher fuel taxes for the web ads.
This web story will be updated regularly to include the very latest information. 
News Releases
Seattle Times, June 11—An editorial by the paper calls on the Legislature not to waste progress on a transportation bill over one sticking point. “Inslee has asked the Legislature to come up with its own plan to implement a clean-fuel standard. If that’s not politically feasible, he should be open to other options, including a delay in taking any executive action.”
The Columbian, April 12—State Rep. Liz Pike cites NFIB data in an editorial against Gov. Jay Inslee’s low-carbon fuel plan.
Business Examiner, March 26—NFIB’s advertising campaign against Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax covered in article.
Business Examiner, December 26—Coverage of NFIB-member radio ads on Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon-reduction initiative.
The Olympian, December 17—NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor quoted in story about the release of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate plan. Story also ran in the Bellingham Herald and The News Tribune in Tacoma.
Bloomberg Businessweek, December 17—Washington Consumers for Sound Fuel Policy quotes NFIB research in its press release commenting on governor’s carbon tax plan. Story also ran in Reuters, EIN Presswire, Marketwired, Streetinsider, Morningstar, Financial Content, Investor,, Utilizer, Ajax World Magazine,,, Renewable Energy World, Power Engineering, Penn Energy, CryoGas International, and Digital Journal.
Bellingham Herald, December 16—NFIB-commissioned poll mentioned in story about three different surveys on a proposed carbon tax. Story also ran in The Olympian, The News Tribune in Tacoma, and on the Facebook page on news website NW Daily Marker.
Washington House Republicans, December 11—News website of the legislative caucus reports on release of NFIB Research Foundation study on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed climate initiative.
Reuters, December 9—Wire service informs readers about upcoming release of two polls commissioned by NFIB on Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate initiative. Stories also ran on Businesswire, international aggregator World News Network, and locally on such stations as KFLD-AM News Talk 870.
SHIFT Washington, December 5—Conservative news website uses NFIB Research report on Governor Inslee’s carbon plan to argue a point.
Business Examiner, October 15—Coverage of NFIB Research Foundation study on the potential job loss under Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax plan.

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“Groups like the National Federation of Independent Business are doing everything they can to stop [us].”

Apparently, NFIB’s anti-carbon-tax campaign has registered with Gov. Jay Inslee in a big way. Click the image above to read a letter he sent to supporters of a higher fuel tax that singles out NFIB.

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