Dye, Goulet Discuss Platforms
by Ian Smay
Both candidates will move on to the general elections in November,
topics covered included environment, healthcare
Incumbent Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, and challenger Jenn Goulet, D-Pasco, faced questions from voters during a League of Women Voters of Pullman forum at the Neill Public Library last week. The two will move on to the general election in November as the only two in the running for Washington State's 9th Legislative District Position 1.
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She also said she is "pro-business, pro-capitalism." However, she wants to take a stand against corruption in business.
Many questions regarding environmental issues were posed to the candidates, including the effects of climate change.
Dye said she would oppose any form of carbon tax proposed in the legislature.
"This is a tax on our energy and I don't think it's right," Dye said.
She also said regulations would harm farmers and increase energy costs for families in the district.
"It takes wealth to protect the environment," Dye said.
On the other hand, Goulet said she believes climate change is "undeniably caused by human activity," and that if nothing is done to combat these changes, people with low income will be hurt the most by things such as rising water levels and prolonged droughts.
She also said she is in favor of a carbon tax on businesses and that not taking action leaves citizens vulnerable.
Another question regarding natural resources in the district concerned dams on the Snake River. Dye said the structures are of great importance.
"Our dams are critical infrastructure," Dye said.
She said she would continue to fight to protect the dams from being removed or otherwise bypassed. Dye also said people often overlook how much money the state has invested in fish remediation at the dams.
Goulet said she also supports dams and the work in hydropower done at their locations.
"With all the information I have, I am not in favor of taking them down," she said.
She also said it would take a lot of solid evidence to change her decision on the matter.
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The Debate On The Snake River CBS News, 6/17/99
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