Phuong Le, Associated Press
A measure to tax carbon emissions from fossil fuels to fight climate change has cleared a key fiscal committee in Washington state.
The state Senate Ways and Means Committee passed Senate Bill 6203 Thursday afternoon. The measure now awaits action by the full Senate.
If passed, Washington state would be the first in the nation to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions.
Voters in this state rejected a carbon tax initiative in 2016 — largely over disagreements on how the money would be spent. But the failure at the ballot hasn’t deterred Gov. Jay Inslee and others from pushing another carbon pricing proposal.