CHEHALIS, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee's proposed tax on the Washington's top polluters would impact the entire state, according to the Association of Washington Business.

A statement from the association said a proposed carbon tax would have an impact on "every family that puts gas in their car, heats their home and purchases products."

Pat Sauter, general manager at the National Frozen Foods packaging plant in Chehalis, said if his business is hit with a carbon tax, customers would see higher prices.

"You're going to pay more for food on the table," said Sauter. "I guarantee it."

When Governor Inslee unveiled his carbon tax proposal last week, he said it could generate $1 billion for the state in the first year.

The money would be used to pay for smaller class sizes, cleaner air and road construction projects.

"It's the smart thing to do because we can make the air cleaner for our children, our businesses can lead the world in clean technology and doing so will bring good-paying jobs to Washington," Inslee said.