For­mer state econ­o­mist alleges pres­sure to lie about car­bon auc­tion effect on gas prices

(The Cen­ter Square) – Oppo­nents of Wash­ing­ton’s car­bon cred­it auc­tion have pounced on a for­mer state econ­o­mist’s retal­i­a­tion claim against the state after his refusal to keep qui­et about his cal­cu­la­tions show­ing Washington’s cap-and-trade pro­gram would increase gas prices by 45 to 50 cents per gal­lon.
KING 5 first report­ed on a legal claim filed Thurs­day by the Cit­i­zen Action Defense Fund on behalf of Tumwater’s Scott Smith, 64, who worked for the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion as an econ­o­mist. The com­plaint argues Smith was threat­ened to keep his pre­dic­tion of gas price hikes from the pub­lic and told not to put any­thing in writ­ing that could be sub­ject to a pub­lic records request.
The legal claim was filed against the WSDOT, the Office of Finan­cial Man­age­ment and the Gov. Jay Inslee’s admin­is­tra­tion.
Smith, who had worked as a pub­lic sec­tor econ­o­mist for 35 years, con­tends he was forced out and that his career has been ruined because he refused to li …