By Rob Roper
This week Vermont House members joined Senate colleagues in proposing new carbon tax legislation based on the ESSEX plan, ultimately a $240 million scheme that would tax gasoline at 32 cents per gallon, 40 cents per gallon for heating oil, and 24 cents for natural gas and propane.
Half of the revenue raised from the tax would be used to subsidize lower electric rates, the other half would pay for low income and “rural” rebates.
Gov. Scott has promised to veto any carbon tax bill that reaches his desk, and recently wrote a letter opposing a proposal to even study the idea of a carbon taxes on Vermonters.
The new House carbon tax bill is H.791, and here’s who sponsored it:
Representatives Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford), Burke (P-Brattleboro), Cina (P-Burlington), Colburn (D-Burlington), Deen (D-Westminster), Donovan (D-Burlington), Dunn (D-Essex), Gonzalez (P-Winooski), Hooper (D-Montpelier), Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier), LaLonde (D-South Burlington), McCullough (D-Williston), Mrowicki (D-Putney), O’Sullivan (D-Burlington), Rachelson(D-Burlington), Scheu (D-Middlebury), Sheldon (D-Middlebury), Squirrell (D-Underhill, Stevens(D-Waterbury), Stuart (D-Brattleboro), Sullivan (D-Burlington), Walz (D- Barre City), Webb (D-Shelburne), and Yantachka (D-Charlotte).