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Refinery workers in coveralls ‘lobby’ lawmakers

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on March 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
March 18, 2010 10:04 am

The “oil lobby” brought about 30 men in bright blue coveralls to the Capitol Wednesday, warning lawmakers who would listen that refinery jobs are in the balance this legislative session. Some were on their own time, others on the pay of the Tesoro refinery firm.

The “oil lobby” brought about 30 men in bright blue coveralls to the Capitol today, warning lawmakers who would listen that refinery jobs are in the balance this legislative session. Some were on their own time, others on the pay of the Tesoro refinery firm.

Their target: bills that could more than double the tax on hazardous substances. Environmentalists are pushing for passage of House Bill 3181 or its Senate counterpart (SB 6851) as a way to create a larger, long-term funding source for city and county storm water projects.

HB 3181 would boost the tax on toxic substances such as oil and pesticides. The House increase would go from 0.7 percent to 1.55 percent and generate close to $104 million next year for projects, and it includes a tax credit for products sold out of state. A recent Senate proposal ups it to 1.2 percent.

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