Those Sneaky Carbon Tax Supporters!

March 19, 2018

by Rob Roper

Last fall, Carbon Tax supporters staged a major push to build support for their latest Carbon Taxing scheme, The ESSEX Plan. It has been a flop to say the least. So, to keep this zombie concept out of the grave where it belongs and roaming the countryside (at least long enough to get past the November election) Carbon Taxers shifted their efforts to passing a taxpayer-funded “study” of various Carbon Taxing concepts (H.763). Even this has received a tepid response. The governor said he would veto it. So, now their hope is to stick the language from the stand-alone bill into the “must-pass” budget bill, where they hope the thing will become law by default.

Whether or not that happens is currently in the hands of the House Appropriations Committee, which can add funding for the Carbon Tax study directly into to the budget (the Big Bill) – or not. Incorporating H.763 into the Big Bill would allow legislators to pass it without having to cast a direct roll call vote in support of the Carbon Tax agenda. Pretty sneaky, huh! Not doing so would leave the bill to languish “on the wall” to die.

The language in H.763 would direct the Joint Fiscal Office (JFO) to evaluate the costs and benefits of various Carbon Tax proposals. JFO testified against the bill, saying that they did not have the expertise to perform the study and that subcontracting the job to a qualified consultant would be cost prohibitive, far exceeding the $100,000 allocated.

The political dynamic at play here is that support for the Carbon Tax outside the State House is driven primarily by influential big donors from the renewable energy industry. These folks would benefit mightily from a Carbon Tax that would simultaneously drive up the cost of their competitors’ products while providing taxpayer funded subsidies, either directly or indirectly, to their own businesses. Those donors want to see something for their money, even if it’s just a study that keeps the ball moving down the field.

(FYI, members of the House Appropriations committee are, Reps. Kitty Toll (Chair, D-Danville), Peter Fagan (R-Rutland), Maureen Dakin (D-Colchester), Martha Feltus (R-Lyndon), Robert Helm (R-Castleton), Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier), Berard Juskiewicz (R-Cambridge), Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes), Mathew Trieber (D-Rockingham), and David Yacavone (D-Morristown).

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute. 

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Steven yaskell March 19, 2018 at 9:40 pm

The bill must not be incorporated into the big Bill as a ryder.

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David Heisler March 22, 2018 at 7:01 pm

No H763 bill. For carbon tax study as a ryder on the big bill.

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William Hays March 23, 2018 at 11:51 pm

‘Ryder’ rents trucks. A ‘rider’ skews legislation. P. S.: thanks, NEA/UFT,, for a literate Vermont.

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Tom March 24, 2018 at 8:20 am

need a study well why don’t we have at gasstations have a gas pump with the piece that incueds the carbom tax and one pump that dosent have the cabin tax.lets do this for a couple mth and see witch one sells more gas. The one that sells the most is the way we go. THE END

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Doug Richmond March 28, 2018 at 8:33 pm

Brazenly simple!!

Put it right in their face

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William Hays March 31, 2018 at 4:45 pm

Tom: please proof-read your posts, unless you are a product of the ‘modern’ NEA/UFT. If so, all hope is lost.

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