Lawmakers propose carbon fee as part of $17 billion package

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers have proposed a carbon fee as part of a transportation funding package, the third major attempt at limiting the atmosphere-warming gas through such a policy there since 2018.

If passed the measure would be the first of its kind in the nation, but similar proposals in the state have failed in recent years.

At $15 per ton, the fee would raise about $7.9 billion over the next ten years, part of a $17 billion fee-and-bond package unveiled Thursday by Senate Transportation committee chairman Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens.

The package also includes a 6-cents-per-gallon fuel tax increase, and would fund projects including highway maintenance, the state ferry system, and court-mandated culvert replacement projects.