Donnelly: Proposed bills chart wrong course for state

Washington’s economy needs some TLC. Last year’s employment decline was deeper than during the Great Recession. Recovery is fragile. Yet our Democrat-controlled Legislature is advancing four bills that would add costs and taxes, impose more government controls, and invent arcane new regulations without a rigorous look at either costs or effectiveness. …

The Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for transportation fuels is No. 3 in our ranking. HB 1091 aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent below 2017’s by 2035, and more in future years. It creates new bureaucracy to track a Clean Fuels Program. Makers of gasoline and diesel, and by extension their customers, would be subject to the costs of extensive tracking, reporting and compliance. The burden would fall heavily on families and businesses by raising the cost of gas over time. …

These bills would take us in the wrong direction.

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