4-14-15 – Small Business Owner Describes Impact of Carbon Tax

Posted by Rob Roper

The Carbon Tax is a topic of conversation again in the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Speaking at the House Republican Caucus meeting, Rep. Tom Burditt (R-Rutland) described what this tax would mean for his small lawn mowing business.

According to Burditt, he uses roughly 2500 gallons of gasoline per year. The tax, which would mean an estimated additional $1.00 per gallon tax on gasoline, would mean $2500 coming directly out of his pocket. In addition, Burditt said that he used 700-800 gallons of fuel oil for heat. The total carbon tax hit on his income would be well over $3000.

The REMI study that advocates of the Carbon Tax are using to promote the concept says that a Carbon Tax would be a benefit to Vermont’s economy. However, according to the briefing to the caucus by members of the Natural Resources & Energy Committee, a representative from REMI admitted that the report did not consider this kind of impact on jobs and middle class incomes like Burditt’s.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ron Rogers April 14, 2015 at 11:07 pm

The REMI study that advocates of the Carbon Tax are using to promote the concept says that a Carbon Tax would be a benefit to Vermont’s economy.

Did the REMI study consider how many Vermonters would leave if this is enacted? That would not benefit Vermont’s economy.


H. Brooke Paige April 15, 2015 at 1:56 am

Carbon Tax Dreams and Schemes will Fill the “Rat Hole” !

So they only considered the upside and failed to take into account the downside for small businesses ? Additionally, they assume revenue from the “Carbon Tax” will be redistributed to energy conservation and “Green Energy” schemes – Fat Chance !

The “Carbon Taxes” will go where all the revenue goes to attempt to fill the budget “rat hole !”

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont


Daniel Cook April 17, 2015 at 1:18 am

Oh well, pellet stoves and NH gas and diesel fuel.


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