Inslee unveils climate proposals ahead of budget plan

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Governor Inslee announced several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session, including offering rebates on electric vehicles to qualified buyers.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Governor Jay Inslee is proposing a plan to provide rebates for new and used electric vehicles, in addition to the sales tax exemption that currently exists for such vehicles in the State.

Under the proposal, rebates of up to $7,500 would be available for new electric sedans under $55,000 and under $80,000 for new vans, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The rebate drops to $5,000 for used vehicles, and a $1,000 rebate would be offered for zero-emission motorcycles and e-bikes.

People would be eligible for refunds if they earned less than $250,000 per year or less than $500,000 per year for co-filing households.

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Low-income drivers, meaning people with incomes below $61,000, would be eligible for an additional $5,000 rebate on the purchase of a new or used electric vehicle.

Inslee’s $626 million budget proposal also includes other clean transportation investments, such as “cleaner fuel ferries,” statewide electric vehicle charging infrastructure, clean bus technology and improvements to public transport, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

Inslee’s proposal also aims to increase the clean energy workforce and extend energy performance standards for existing buildings. He said strengthening energy codes for new buildings will help the state reduce annual emissions by more than 6 million metric tons, which will help meet the state’s 2030 emissions goal.

“We’ve made good progress in our state, but it’s not enough, and we need to do more. Now is the time to act boldly and quickly – to protect the planet and grow our economy with clean energy jobs,” Inslee said.

Click here to see Inslee’s full climate proposals for the 2022 legislative session.

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