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TCI is a Gas Tax that Limits How Much Gas We Can Use
We’ve warned you time and time again that TCI = TAX. The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a multi-state scheme pushing to implement a carbon cap-and-tax system on transportation fuels. That’s a fancy way of saying it’s a gas and diesel tax. TCI put out initial predictions of an increase of up to 17 cents per gallon on gas, while two separate third-party studies conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute and the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts claim the increase will look more like 38 cents per gallon.

According to recently released data from the Biden administration’s Federal Energy Information Administration, it’s predicted that if Massachusetts follows through on its enrollment in TCI in 2023, Massachusetts will begin experiencing fuel shortages and price spikes by as early as 2025.

On December 21, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed Massachusetts up for TCI. Out of the 12 states that originally considered joining TCI, only Massachusetts is “fully committed” to and ready to join the program. Connecticut and Rhode Island still need approvals from their legislatures, which they have thus far been unable to secure.

While Massachusetts lawmakers have been excluded from the process of voting in favor or against joining TCI, that may change. A bi-partisan group of lawmakers, local elected officials, business owners, and civic minded residents filed an initiative petition to bring this question before the voters in 2022, one year before Massachusetts implements the scheme. As part of that process, lawmakers will be asked if they will consider this policy before it goes to the voters for their final decision. 

That’s why it’s so important that you contact your State Representative and Senator and tell them that you do not support the TCI scheme. And of course, this all goes away if Gov. Charlie Baker withdraws MA from the “go it alone” plan, so please contact his office as well.


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