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14----OCTOaER 31,2018 GOLDENDALE, WASHINGTON m tax wou increase no cap $2.3 Billion Energy Tax, Increases Every Year 1-1631 "s new energy tax would cost Washington families and consumers more than $2.3 billion in the first five years alone. And I-1631 "s escalating taxes would automatically increase every year - with no cap. Source: Fiscal Impact Summary of I- 1631. Washington State Office of Fiscal Management, Rev. 8/24/2018 Consumers Pay Higher Gas Prices Washington already has the third highest gasoline prices in the nation, and I-1631 would drive these prices even higher. An independent study shows that I-1631 would increase gasoline prices by 13 cents per gallon in the first year, with automatic increases every year, indefinitely. These increases would quadruple to 59 cents more per gallon within 15 years. Source: Initiative I-1631, Sec. 8 (3); NERA Economic Consulting, Analysis of Economic and C02 Emissions Impacts of Washington Initiative 1631, October 2018; AAA, State Gasoline Price Averages Unelected Board, No Accountability There would be no meaningful oversight of the unelected board of political appointees in charge of spending the billions in revenues collected under I-1631. There is no specific spending plan and no requirement to spend funds specifically on reducing greenhouse gases. Sources: Initiative 1631, Sec. 4, 5, 6; Washington State OFM, Fiscal Impact Study of 1-1631, August24, 2018 Hurts Families and Small Businesses Families and small businesses would face higher costs for gasoline, heating fuel, natural gas, electricity and other goods and services. I-1631 would cost the average Washington household $440 more per year in 2020, ncreasing every year indefinitely, reaching $990 by 2035. This would especially hurt those who can least afford it. Sources: Initiative I- 1631, Sec. 8 (3); NERA Economic Consulting, Analysis of Economic and C02 Emissions Impacts of Washington Initiative 1631. October 2018 "1-1631 would cost the average household $440 more in 2020. Household costs would continue to increase every year, with no cap, especially hurting families and those on fixed incomes" Vicki Malloy Farmer/Orchardist, Malaga "1-1631 would continue to increase pnces for electricity, heating and gasoline every year, making it harder to compete with out-of-state companies." Sabrina Jones Small Business Owner, Spokane "1-1631 would force Washington consumers to pay billions, and then would give an unelected board a blank check to spend those billions however it chooses, with no specific plan and no guarantee of less pollution." Bob McKenna Former Washington Attorney General "Consumers would pay billions in higher prices for gasoline, electricity, heating fuel and natural gas. But there's no guarantee it would help our environment." Colin Hastings Executive Director, Pasco Chamber of Commerce Washington Farm Bureau Food Northwest Washington State Tree Fruit Association Representing more than 45,000 farm families Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Central Washington Home Builders Association NFIB Association Representing 600.employers in Okanogan, Chelan, Representing nearly 8,000 Washington small Douglas, Kittitas, Yakima and Klickitat business owners Washington State Dairy Federation Washin on Food Industry Association Associated General Contractors of Washington Washington Association of Wheat Growers Representing 471 employers Representing 650 employers Representing 1,800 members Alliance of Western Energy Consumers Washington Retail Association Washington Cattlemen's Association Representing 55 members Representing 3,500 Washington store fronts Representing 1,200 members WA Mint Growers Association Washington Hospitality Association Washington Trucking Associations Representing more than 6,000 employers Representing 800 members Washington Potato & Onion Association Small businesses, family farmers and consumers across Washington agree Paid for by NO on 1631 (Sponsored by Western States Petroleum Association), PO Box 7035, Olyrn pia, WA 98507 Top 5 Contributors: BP America, Phillips 66, Andeavor, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Valero Energy Corporation