April Survey: Double the Heating Fuel Tax? Yes or No?

          Should the legislature double the tax on the retail sale of heating oil, propane, kerosene, and other dyed diesel fuel delivered to a residence or business from $0.02 to $0.04 per gallon, and impose a gross receipts tax of 1.0 percent on the retail sale of natural gas in order to increase funding for the state’s low-income weatherizaton program? Yes or No? 


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Irma Nagle April 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm

A resounding NO! This is just another way towards their carbon tax idea.
How about this novel approach? Start being smart with the money you have.


Kyle Williams April 4, 2019 at 3:54 pm

Absolutely not. Use the money Inefficientcy VT uses and redirect it to low interest or no interest loans for people to use to improve insulation of thier homes.


Jt Dodge April 4, 2019 at 8:58 pm

I couldn’t access the pol…but I would have said “No”.



Pamela Wilcox April 4, 2019 at 10:51 pm

Are you kidding? Another increase in taxes? My father was right. Forty years ago he said, Welcome th VT, just leave your wallet and get out.
How are people supposed to afford to live here? You consistently keep nickel and dining us and sneak things through the back door. ENOUGH!!!


Christine Dufresne April 5, 2019 at 11:31 pm

Absolutely not. Too many folks are struggling to pay for what they have to use now. By raising the tax, you will increase the group needing assistance. How about helping people to stand on their own and look at some expenditures that are not helpful. Or the prohibitive laws that make it too expensive to even have a business in VT.


Ray Thomas April 7, 2019 at 7:57 pm

They already have a seven and a half percent tax on your electrical bill that goes to Vt Efficiency for weatherization! Now the blood suckers want more, they have no conscience. We are not competitive and it’s getting worse, there will come a day when the elite and welfare recipients are the only ones left in the state


Dee Thompson April 7, 2019 at 9:24 pm

NO. We are already taxed to much, learn to manage money an stop spending it on programs that are not working.


Jan Sherman April 8, 2019 at 12:18 pm

People in Vermont are struggling and leaving at an alarming rate – we can not afford another tax! Especially on something we can not control, you have to heat your homes.
You have to buy gasoline to have a job. This will be a disaster.


Gilbert L. Jenne April 8, 2019 at 11:19 pm

Should NOT be taxing something that is such an extreme necessity to live… tax your lottery, and cigs, and alcohol but leave the essentials alone you blood suckers…


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