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State Carbon Pricing--
-Businesses Plan June Carbon Pricing Lobby Day: Members of the Climate Action Business Association (CABA) and Business Leaders for Climate Action (BLCA) are descending on Beacon Hill June 6th to push for the passage of a carbon pricing provision before the end of the legislative session. Business leaders can sign-up here to participate.
-New report finds 1600 MW of offshore wind creates thousands of MA jobs: MassCEC has released a report on the economic and jobs impact of the state’s emerging offshore wind industry. There finding show that the deployment of 1,600 MW of offshore wind would create between 2,270 and 3,170 job years (defined as one person working full-time for one year) during construction over the next 10 years. Offshore wind investment would also generate between $675 million and $800 million in direct economic output in Massachusetts.
Beacon Hill Happenings--
-”Massachusetts House proposes $40.98 billion state budget for fiscal 2019” by MassLive: On Wednesday, the powerful House Ways and Means Committee released a $40.983 billion Massachusetts state budget proposal for fiscal 2019, an increase in spending of 3.1 percent over the current year. Read the MassLive summary here.
Beyond The Bay State--
-“The Northeast US has a carbon-trading system. It is boosting, not hurting, state economies.”: Vox breaks down a recent study highlighting the positive effects of RGGI on Northeastern states and the economic performance they’ve been able to achieve under the carbon-trading scheme set up over a decade ago.
-“Why climate change can’t escape Washington’s back burner” via Axios’s Amy Harder
-“Shocker: Opposition forms to Maine hydro plan” via the Boston Globe’s Editorial Team
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