Van Deusen knows how Vermont politics works. While our legislators may insist that lower income Vermont residents will be better off after TCI because our legislators will get even more money from the TCI regional bureaucrats than they gave in gas taxes, this is unlikely.
The state of Vermont should tax fossil fuels to fund carbon reduction programs required by carbon reduction mandates, a Jan. 15 report by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recommends. Estimated annual revenue from three proposed revenue sources would total $78 million.
TCI is off the table for now, but schemes like this keep coming back. Gov. Scott really ought to tell his people to take a long vacation from the TCI planning sessions.
Gov. Scott clearly sees that this is just one more elaborately concealed carbon tax. He knows what that will do to families and Covid-stressed businesses, he has opposed that for four years, and he won’t buy it. Good for him.
Here’s how you know the whole thing is utterly worthless: Not one of those 60 questions made reference to the respondents’ willingness to pay an estimated 5 to 17 cents per gallon more at the pump.
Presumably, the delays are part of a strategy to hold off until a politically opportune time. It doesn’t appear such a time will ever transpire. Increasingly, TCI looks dead on arrival.
One pro-TCI group has accused another pro-TCI group of anti-regulatory activities. They both miss the mark.
Since the Transportation Climate Initiative emerged as a serious policy proposal, the most eager proponent of the multi-state carbon tax on motor fuels has been Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. If he sees the writing on the wall for TCI, perhaps it’s time we all did.
A leading New Jersey environmental group came out with a strong statement urging that state’s governor to reject the Transportation Climate Initiative. Among the group’s many complaints about the proposal is that it is “racist.”
According to a poll of 600 Vermonters, majorities oppose key components of environmental legislation, the recently passed Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), and the pending Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI).
In the 22nd episode of “Travels With Charlie — Vermont Politics in Real Life,” host Charlie Papillo discusses the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) with Sen. Dick Mazza and Rep. Mike McCarthy.
TCI was a bad idea before the COVID-19 recession. Today it is absolutely unthinkable.