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Bob Plotnick Talks Carbon Taxes with KIRO News

Posted: 1/17/2017 (CSDE in the News)

Bob Plotnick, UW professor of public policy and governance and former CSDE Director, was recently featured in a discussion about Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon tax. ┬áThe tax aims to reduce the region’s environmental impact by taxing gasoline and use of other fossil fuels, although such taxes often have additional effects. Plotnick observes that the plan will disproportionately affect the poor, given the demographic group’s heavier reliance on private transportation. The governor’s office acknowledged this unintended impact and is currently brainstorming ways to counteract it. The full article is below.

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