Money battles ahead for Wash. environmentalists

*1/15/11 Associated Press
Money battles ahead for Wash. environmentalists
By GEORGE TIBBITS – Associated Press

Along with every other interest group, environmentalists hope the programs they’ve fought for won’t be gutted as the Legislature again tries to fix a huge deficit.

Still, lobbyists and legislators say there might be a few modest victories and if nothing else, the chance to keep issues in the public eye during the session that opened Monday.

… One tactic environmental groups will use, said Bruce Wishart, policy director for People for Puget Sound, will be to promote user fees on industries that cause environmental problems as a way to take pressure off taxpayers.

“We will be coming in proactively with a number of polluter fees,” he said.

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