Once it was ruled a fee, the $1.50 per barrel the fee the state will charge for petroleum, that didn’t make the tax versus fee argument go away.
As of 4:12 p.m. the House was still debating the fee, which Republicans charge will mean oil companies will raise gas prices 4 cents a gallon in Washington. The fee is designed to be charged on oil used for stuff that ends up washing into the waters. The bill’s report states:
“Petroleum products that contribute to storm water pollution” means asphalt and road oil, lubricants, motor vehicle fuel, motor diesel fuel, residual fuel oil, and any other petroleum substance that the DOE determines contributes to storm water pollution in the state.
The term does not incude crude oil, aviation gasoline, jet fuel, home heating oil, dyed special fuel, or clear special fuel used for agricultural purposes
Fred Finn, 35th District Democrat, said small businesses in the 35th need this legislation, because it helps preserve the waters that make this place attractive. He named a few businesses, including Seabeck Pizza.
South Kitsap Republican Jan Angel agreed on Seabeck Pizza, but warned against them delivering because of the increase costs she said this legislation would pass on, or oil companies would pass on.
Bainbridge Island Democrat said we will not let Puget Sound die and that citizens have been paying for storm water clean-up through property taxes and local fees, that it’s time for oil companies to help.
Republicans argue oil companies will pass the cost on to consumers.
UPDATE: The bill passed at 4:28 p.m. or so.