Scott Administration Still Working on $90 Million TCI Carbon Tax.

April 15, 2020

By Rob Roper

Energy News Network ran a story on April 9th about what’s happening with the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), the proposed interstate carbon tax on gasoline and diesel motor fuels. Sadly, despite all the damage that the COVID-19 economic shutdown has done, TCI is still moving along behind the scenes. Quoted multiple times in the ENN story is the Phil Scott Administration’s very own Peter Walke.

“Our ability to work through the details of what that deal looks like hasn’t been significantly impacted,” said Peter Walke, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. “Most of the teams working on it are working at home and haven’t been affected at this point by the virus.”

TCI would mean an annual $5-7 billion regional tax on motor fuels, Vermont’s share of which would be about $90 million. That number would likely increase as time goes by. Suffice to say that the last thing Vermont (or anyplace) will need as we try to recover from the economic body blow of this shutdown is a new tax on – literally – the fuel that makes our economy run.

Governor Scott has hinted that he doesn’t support TCI, but if that’s really the case it’s time for him to tell his staff to get with the program and pull the plug on this “boondoggle”, to use New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s word, now.

TCI was a bad idea before the COVID-19 recession. Today it is absolutely unthinkable.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen April 15, 2020 at 8:53 pm

Nothing like kicking the struggling Vermonter even harder when we are already going to have a mess to clear up as it is, just from the month we’ve already been shut down. What is wrong with these people and how can they feel so shameless at the boondoggle of Bull they are fixing to create??? Is a sickness??? If so, TCI is going to destroy more lives than the covid ever could. Shame on you Montpelier for even considering moving forward with plans to ruin this once vital state! Shame on you for ruining the very people that pay your wages and elected you to protect their better interests and right to prosper and grow!


Roger Joslin April 16, 2020 at 11:22 am

Every elected official in Montpelier needs to be removed from office in November. We also need to take a look at repealing Act 250 and remove a bunch of regulations and that would also eliminate a lot of jobs at the state that cost us way too much money.


Ivan st george April 16, 2020 at 6:46 pm

hear hear to Ellen and Roger,
This Governor needs to be taken to task like every one of our Representatives.
by picking up the phone, flooding their emails, writing opeds, letters to the editor
and writing snail mail letters /post cards until they become nauseated


James B Hall April 18, 2020 at 9:45 am

Ament to the above!!!!!


William Hadden April 16, 2020 at 9:45 pm

More of the same VT is on a 50 year mission to totally drive out every significant business in the state.We are about 35 years in and within 15 more years we will be an economic disaster.Wake up Vermonters.


Trad April 17, 2020 at 9:26 pm

“Most of the teams working on it are working at home and haven’t been affected at this point by the virus.” That says a lot. And then we hear there is no where in the budget to cut. How about “Most of the teams………………?”
And how many other agencies had a number of teams working on ……………?


Dana Colson April 17, 2020 at 11:32 pm

I agree TCI is a bad idea. I will oppose this and any other scheme to increase fuel taxes.

Dana Colson for Lt. Governor!


CHUCK PROKOCIMER April 18, 2020 at 10:05 am

Just another tax which will further kill more business in VT. No one has yet been able to tell me exactly what the purpose of the tax is, where does the money go, what’s it used for, or who will administer it. Just more bureaucracy!!


Bill April 19, 2020 at 12:56 am

The Democrat/Progressive legislature is itching to pound us with TCI taxes while the price of nearly all fuel is lower due to the COVID 19 shutdown. They hope maybe they can slip it in and no-one will notice since fuel is temporarily very cheap. Don’t let them pull a fast one.

There is no end to leftist greed to get their hands on your hard earned money. Even when the treasury is overflowing, they always want more. Oh, but I forgot. It’s okay because they are doing it to…….. (wait for it)…………… SAVE THE PLANET!!!


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