House Members Sign on to Carbon Tax Legislation

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.

Governor 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).

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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Roger Joslin January 31, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Do these people realize that the population of VT is .0085% of the world population and think we will change the world. The only world that will change is for Vermonters leaving in droves because of their stupidity and gas and oil bills that they can no longer afford.

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Willem Post February 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Roger,
Yes they realize that, but that does not matter to them.
All they want is more government programs that create satisfied lower income constituants that usually vote Democrat.
Thus they are in favor of anything that is redistributionist, i.e., shifts resources from higher income, productive tax payers to lower income, marginally productive, tax consumers.
It is a Brooklyn style socialism, espoused by the likes of Bernie Sanders, that has corrupted Vermont’s self reliant culture

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Willem Post February 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Roger,
Note that all the sponsors of the bill are Democrats.

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