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Tell Your Legislators to Demand a Vote on the New TCI Tax
Massachusetts is one of 12 states considering entering into a new cap-and-trade system for vehicle emissions known as the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI). The plan is to tax transportation fuel companies for the carbon emissions associated with the gas and diesel they sell. This will then be passed along to the consumer as an increase in gas prices. This is a backdoor attempt to increase the gas tax and add a price on carbon, like a carbon tax. The only other state to do something similar is California, where gas costs as much as $4.20 a gallon, while the average cost for the rest of the country is at $2.73.
We don't know how high this tax will be yet and officials don’t plan on releasing that information until the height of the holiday season in December. Governor Charlie Baker’s administration currently believes they can sign onto this agreement and impose this tax without approval from the legislature due to a bill passed over 11 years ago—on a voice vote— called the Global Warming Solutions Act
Other states plan to seek legislative approval before joining and we think Massachusetts should act in good faith and vote on any type of TCI gas tax. A lot has changed in eleven years and this tax will put us at a major disadvantage compared to the rest of the country.
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