JASON RANTZ

Rantz: Washington Democrat exposed for lying about carbon tax, I-2117

Feb 21, 2024, 5:50 PM | Updated: Feb 22, 2024, 2:06 pm

Liias carbon tax I-2117...

Sen. Marko Liias presents his post on carbon tax and I-2117. (Photo: Liias legislative page)

(Photo: Liias legislative page)

Controversial Washington state Democrat Marko Liias was caught in a whopper of a lie about the carbon tax and Washington Initiative 2117 (I-2117). And he used government resources to do it.

As the State Senator from Edmonds, Liias is vehemently opposing I-2117. Why? Because it threatens to dismantle Governor Jay Inslee’s beloved carbon tax scheme under the Climate Commitment Act, which is already costing drivers an extra $0.50 per gallon at the pump.

Liias shamelessly claims that backing I-2117 would cut essentially funding for our roads and bridges—apparently, they’d be “cancelled by I-2117.” Scary stuff, right? Except it’s nonsense.

Desperate to lie about Washington I-2117 to save the carbon tax

The Democrat knows full well that neither roads nor bridges use any of the Climate Commitment Act for funding. How could he not? He’s the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, setting those very budget priorities.

Washington drivers, understandably miffed about their lighter bank accounts, see the problem and are likely to support I-2117. After the revelation that Inslee and Washington Democrats claimed it would only cost pennies (or save drivers money) when their own projections said the opposite, made sure of that.

Eco-radical Liias seems to think skyrocketing gas prices are the golden ticket to pushing Washingtonians out of their cars. But as his uphill battle gets steeper, he resorts to blatant lies.

More from Jason Rantz: Democrat Sen. Marko Liias defends ghoulish 30-week abortion

Marko Liias is transparent with carbon tax, Washington I-2117 lies

The reality is that the carbon tax revenue is mostly funneled into electrifying our infrastructure and state fleet, all to meet those Democrat mandates pushing us towards an all-electric vehicle (EV) future. Some funds also go to bike safety programs.

The funds from the Act are earmarked for things like EVs for State Parks, pie-in-the-sky ultra-high-speed rail, bike safety education programs in schools, and all-electric ferries.

State Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R-Auburn) called out Liias’s lies by revealing that “not a dime” is spent as the Democrat claimed. Liias’s response? To double down on his deceit, shifting gears to audaciously claim he was actually talking about ferry defunding.

Except Liias wasn’t talking about ferries. He was fearmongering about “preservation and maintenance of roads in every community” and “critical bridge maintenance.” The posts even provide pictures of a car and a bridge. If ferries were his concern, he would’ve said so. To try to cover his tracks, Liias posted a ferry-themed message days after being exposed for his carbon tax and I-2117 lies.

Subscribe now: Listen to The Jason Rantz Show podcast

How to get away with a political lie in Washington state

When cornered again about his fabrications, Liias gave us a condescending line about the complexity of transportation policy. This is inarguably true. It’s one reason why Liias told a whopper of a lie: he knows the general public doesn’t follow how tax dollars are earmarked.

This is inarguably true. It’s one reason why Liias told a whopper of a lie: he knows the general public doesn’t understand how the tax dollars are spent. And that’s to his benefit. Liias is exceptionally anti-car. The idea that he cares about your experience on the roads when you’re in a car is absurd.

Liias, like many far-left lawmakers, enjoys a certain privilege in a media landscape dominated by far-left newsrooms. Outlets like the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and KING 5 are desperate for access to Democrat lawmakers in a state where one party holds the reins. Consequently, they often turn a blind eye to the lies. The result? A lack of honest, critical coverage, leaving the public in the dark when lies like these are spread.

In the end, it’s not just about I-2117 or the carbon tax; it’s about accountability and the truth. And as long as figures like Liias continue to spin their tales unchecked, it’s up to us to sift through the rhetoric and uncover the reality. Somebody has to. And, at least he’s abandoning the lie that the carbon tax isn’t responsible for the rise in gas prices.

Jason Rantz content: Seattle English students told it’s ‘white supremacy’ to love reading, writing

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show on weekday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here. Follow Jason on X, formerly known as TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Photo: In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, a box of Cosmic Crisp apples is shown at Washingt...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Let me ruin WSU’s ‘Name the apple’ contest for you

Washington State University wants you coming up with a name for a new apple. You probably think it's cute and fun. Let me ruin it for you.

2 days ago

Photo: A dance troupe says it was unwelcome at an event after wearing American flag shirts. They sa...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Dance team told American flag shirt made some feel ‘triggered and unsafe’ in Seattle

A dance troop says it was unwelcome at an event after wearing American flag shirts. They say Seattle dance guests felt "triggered and unsafe."

3 days ago

Seattle Lululemon...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Lululemon latest closure as downtown struggles to recover from Democrat policies

The Seattle Lululemon location is the latest retailer to call it quits downtown. Why won't Democrats admit there's a problem?

3 days ago

Photo: Pastor Russell Johnson said the Seattle Times canceled an $18,500 Easter Sunday ad campaign ...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Times cancels $18k ad buy because it promoted church, pastor says

Pastor Russell Johnson said the Seattle Times canceled an $18,500 Easter Sunday ad campaign two days before it was supposed to run.

5 days ago

Image: A Puyallup man was nearly ran over when he confronted a thief trying to steal his truck....

Julia Dallas

Rantz exclusive: Puyallup man may have saved teen after nearly being run over stopping theft

What would you do if you saw someone trying to steal your car? One Puyallup man jumped into action last week.

5 days ago

Seattle teacher Ian Golash...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle teacher recorded defending Hamas rape and murder, pushed BDS on students

Seattle teacher Ian Golash was filmed defending Hamas for raping and murdering Jews. He was also caught pushing BDS on students.

6 days ago

Rantz: Washington Democrat exposed for lying about carbon tax, I-2117