Friday, January 5, 2018
The Washington State Legislature’s 2018 session will open at 10 a.m. Monday. We suggest you do your best to keep abreast of what happens there.
Not after the fact but before. Too many times Washington residents end with laws they didn’t see coming.
“Well, how did that happen,” they ask.
Those kinds of laws happen when voters are not paying attention. No doubt some lawmakers depend on that.
The big item this year is the possible imposition of several tax measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The Democrats will be on the side of carbon taxes. The Republicans will be opposed.
You may take the position your party favors; People often do. But we suggest you read as much as you can about the issue. This one will impact your lives financially and potentially for a long time.
First you need to determine if there is a carbon crisis. Scientists are not unanimous on that. Then you have tod determine whether man has created it, and whether man can fix it. There are scientists on both sides of those questions, too.
Most Democrats believe in the climate change theory. Most Republicans believe it’s a hoax. With Democrats holding a one-vote edge in the House and Senate, now is the time for Gov. Jay Inslee to press his pet project.
Nobody knows for sure what a carbon tax will cost, but it likely won’t be cheap. Republican State Rep. David Taylor of Moxee believes it could raise the cost of gasoline by more than $1 per gallon.
On another front, the State Department of Health just finished writing new rules about sex at birth. You may now choose to call your newborn baby a male, a female or an X.
Who knows when or where that may cause a problem. But imagine a witness giving police a suspect’s description: It could have been a man. It could have been a woman. Or maybe it was an X.
And what happens to the cop who arrests an X and writes it up as male or female. Would his testimony be disallowed for prejudice.
As we suggested at the top, keep an eye on what your government is doing. And stay tuned here.