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Isabella Breda, The Seattle Times | 3/11/2024

Cap and Trade; False Solutions; Budget; Legislative Session

Front and Centered, an environmental justice group representing communities of color and people with lower incomes, says the state is still falling short of its obligations to communities saddled with a disproportionate amount of health, social and environmental inequities.

The Climate Commitment Act explicitly outlines that at least 35% of the revenue from the auctions should be used “in ways that benefit vulnerable populations in overburdened communities.” Another 10% is required to fund projects led by tribal nations.

The group’s preliminary analysis shows that only 21% of qualifying funds in the supplemental budget will directly benefit overburdened communities…

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