The implementation of a Northeast regional cap and trade system for gasoline distribution took a step forward today when the Transportation and Climate Initiative released a draft memorandum of understanding with participating states, including Connecticut.
The TCI plan would essentially raise the cost of gasoline by imposing an emissions cap and forcing gasoline distributors to purchase carbon allowances at auction. Although the exact price increase will vary from state to state, a similar program in California increased the cost of gasoline by 12 cents per gallon and diesel by nearly 14 cents per gallon, according to a report by the California Energy Commission.
TCI would then continually lower the cap year-over-year, forcing gasoline distributors to purchase more allowances and potentially increasing the cost of gasoline further.
The funds raised from the cap and trade program will be distributed to participating states to invest in mass transit, electric vehicles and potentially reduce vehicle usage by increasing the cost of driving in an effort to combat climate change.
Proponents of the TCI cap and trade model say 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are due to transportation and believe that increasing the cost of gasoline will push people to use more environmentally friendly alternatives.
Gov. Ned Lamont has indicated support of the initiative along with governors Andrew Cuomo in New York, Charlie Baker in Massachusetts and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island.
But the imposition of higher gasoline prices in Connecticut may be difficult for Lamont, who has already exhausted much political capital trying to pass various tolling and transportation plans.
The imposition of a new gasoline tax might prove even less popular with the public.
According to TCI, the MOU is scheduled to be signed in spring of 2020, but signing on to a multi-state compact to increase the price at the pump may be difficult for Lamont and the legislature as it moves into the 2020 election cycle.
Connecticut currently has two taxes on gasoline: a 25-cent gasoline tax and a gross receipts tax on petroleum companies that is passed onto the consumer, increasing the overall cost per gallon. Connecticut has the seventh highest gasoline taxes in the country.
Those fuel taxes go into the Special Transportation Fund to fund road repair, the Department of Transportation, transportation debt and mass transit in the form of buses and trains. Funding for public transportation has grown significantly over the past eight years, according to a review of the STF.
Coinciding with TCI’s release of its project plan, a coalition of 18 organizations along the Atlantic coast, including state chapters of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, American for Tax Reform and the Institute for Energy Research, released an open letter opposing the plan and labeling it a regressive “sin tax” on gasoline.
We do not believe that driving to work, driving for work, transporting children to school, transporting goods, going to the grocery store, and all the other necessary activities that generally require a vehicle should be treated by governments as a sin. These are not activities people can, or should be forced to, avoid.Authors of open letter opposing the TCI plan
“Make no mistake, this is a tax. A carbon tax being implemented through a gas tax,” the authors from fifteen states wrote. “But unlike motor fuel taxes levied in order to pay for roads, bridges, and transportation infrastructure (a reasonable fee for use), TCI would be the equivalent of a ‘sin tax’ – a penalty for engaging in bad behavior. We do not believe that driving to work, driving for work, transporting children to school, transporting goods, going to the grocery store, and all the other necessary activities that generally require a vehicle should be treated by governments as a sin. These are not activities people can, or should be forced to, avoid.”
Gov. Dannel Malloy signed on to the original idea in 2018 and the issue is being handled by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Services. Former DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee also indicated his support for the proposal in 2018.
“By signing onto the TCI commitment, Connecticut and the region are taking an important step forward to help protect the health and safety of our residents,” Klee wrote in his endorsement the TCI plan. “Over the next year we will work closely with our regional partners to design a proposal that can be adopted by our states and implemented regionally.”
But how Connecticut would engage in the TCI compact – whether it will be through a legislative vote or through executive action by Lamont – remains to be seen.
Massachusetts Governor Baker has already indicated that he will take unilateral action through executive order, although most other states will likely go to their legislatures.
Connecticut currently participates in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, that imposes a similar cap and trade framework on energy companies to help fund Connecticut’s quasi-public Green Bank, which then uses the funds to subsidize solar energy investments.
According to CT DEEP’s website, the program has raised $193 million since 2008. The Green Bank is also funded by a charge on consumers’ electric bills, and the fund has been raided by the legislature in the past to help fill budget gaps.
Connecticut residents pay the highest electricity costs in the continental United States.
Although the TCI plan would increase the cost of gasoline, those funds would likely not be used to fund projects to benefit drivers. The goal, rather, is to lessen the use of single-occupancy vehicles and shift more commuters toward mass transit and electric vehicles.
“Signatory Jurisdictions will establish in the final memorandum of understanding (MOU) a regional carbon dioxide emissions cap that will decline over time, to reduce emissions from on-road diesel and finished motor gasoline, and an objective methodology for apportioning proceeds to each Participating Jurisdiction, to invest at each jurisdiction’s discretion to support the goals of the program,” the MOU says.
December 17, 2019 @ 8:44 pm
thank God I’m moving to Texas to get away from deluded hand wringing morons who think up these ridiculous taxation policies, let’s tax ignorant policy makers that would haul in trillions
December 17, 2019 @ 10:30 pm
Well this should certainly make Democrats happy!!! Merry Christmas Dumbocrats you got what you voted for
December 18, 2019 @ 9:56 pm
This pisses me off!!! I’m so sick of these liberals forcing their agenda and beliefs down our throats through taxing us and then spending (raiding) it to fund their misguided mismanaged ideological bullshit!
Todd R Smith
December 18, 2019 @ 11:17 am
Another tax on CT citizens to supposedly stop climate change. Man made climate change is a hoax. The earth’s axis is changing which in this cycle is causing warming. All this will do is take more money from CT citizens so some politicians can delude themselves into thinking that they are “saving the planet”. This is stupid.
December 18, 2019 @ 2:29 pm
This is how propositions like this ACTUALLY work…. I have $100 to spend a month, and currently spend $50 on gas and $50 on food/entertainment (supporting local business). If next month my gas costs $60, I now only have $40 to spend on food/entertainment. This inadvertently hurts business. Just because gas increases, does not mean I am going to go take mass transit more, buy a TESLA, or drive less… all it means is I will have less to spend to support the local economy. Simple. Thanks Ned.
December 18, 2019 @ 4:58 pm
Great article Marc! Tell Lamont to shove his gas tax where the sun doesn’t shine! Miss working with you Marc Fitch!
December 18, 2019 @ 8:39 pm
Given CT’s past misuse of transport taxes, we can expect any funds arriving will be directed toward supporting everything but transport.
Ed iof ct.
December 18, 2019 @ 10:51 pm
This MUST be approved by Both houses of the CT. St. Legislature. No Taxation without Representation
January 1, 2020 @ 5:15 pm
Lamont can make this law by executive order. He does not need approval
January 25, 2020 @ 10:07 am
NOT FOR TAXES , EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR SAFETY OR EMERGENCY
December 19, 2019 @ 7:29 am
“Proponents of the TCI cap and trade model say 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are due to transportation and believe that increasing the cost of gasoline will push people to use more environmentally friendly alternatives.”
How did these “proponents” arrive at 40% and just who are these proponents?
Please show me the science that resulted in this 40% figure !
Also the state of Connecticut has a very sparse public transportation infrastructure, it always did.
I live in Milford and work in North Stratford, above the Merritt Pkwy. Tell me please without an automobile, that gets me to work in 15 min, how do I get to work using public transportation? The simple answer is I CAN’T !
So this is just another tax disguised as a “climate change” initiative
December 19, 2019 @ 9:33 am
There is no end to the depression I feel from living in this tax waste land called Connecticut. They cannot think about anything except taking more hard earned money out of my pocket.
December 20, 2019 @ 7:38 am
This is liberal insanity
I’m out of new england
December 21, 2019 @ 1:42 pm
WHAT TRUMP HAS GIVEN US, THE DEMRATS TAKETH AWAY.
December 29, 2019 @ 3:47 pm
In this point I’m move out off ct.
We don’t pay enough?
You make me sick liberal …
December 20, 2019 @ 6:32 pm
Hope you all that voted for this SOB ARE VERY PROUD OF THISYOUR CHOSE OF ELECTING HIM CAN’T BELIEVE THIS HAPPEN wish I COULD GET OUT OF THIS STATE
December 20, 2019 @ 7:06 pm
Connecticut is a HUGE PIECE of COW DUNG led by Lying-Libtards!!!! Get out of this state!!!!
December 20, 2019 @ 9:43 pm
This is a joke every time the people of Connecticut conserves either it be gas or electric, this state complains the tax revenue they were collecting has gone down, so they tax something else to make up the difference. This happened with the gasoline tax, when people went to more efficient cars . When will this taxing the tax payers to death will stop enough is enough.
December 21, 2019 @ 7:54 am
The blatant mismanagement of funds should be punishable by law. Then and only then will the corrupt politicians think twice before spending money frivolously. The democrats borrowing against the unions retirement fund and not repaying it on time is not the fault of the working class citizen. I have to figure out how to pay my bills on time, the corrupt politicians should be held to the same standard. NO EXCEPTIONS.
December 21, 2019 @ 2:06 pm
None of the money will be used to reduce emissions,it’s all going into the general fund…another scam!
Politicians trying to get us to believe they’re doing something constructive
December 25, 2019 @ 9:32 pm
Democrats will never have enough of other people’s money to piss away and line their own pockets. Always scheming to tax tax tax and more tax and never consider curb spending. It’s time Democrats become extinct
January 24, 2020 @ 10:39 pm
Well now perhaps it’s time to stop being a blue state and become red. Time to vote the democrats out and give the republicans a chance to change things and listen to the people. Or we can all stop paying taxes . They can’t fight all of us time for we the people to stick together like they did in Virginia!
December 26, 2019 @ 5:28 pm
Well, if they’re going to impose this regionally, how about a regional cap on the other gasoline taxes? CT has the highest gas taxes in New England. How about reducing that to the average of the rest of the New England states?
Speaking of which, is New Hampshire signing on to this? I didn’t see a list of participating states in the MOU. What I did see, however, was something scary. Further evidence that these initiatives may or may not really be about their announced purpose, but they all include more non-elected government bodies, and more government employees (who then tend to vote for the party that advocates for the tax that keeps them employed, of course. Here’s the paragraph: 4. REGIONAL ORGANIZATION The Regional Organization shall operate pursuant to by-laws agreed upon by the Participating Jurisdictions. The Regional Organization shall have an executive board comprised of two representatives from each Participating Jurisdiction. The Regional Organization may employ staff, and acquire and dispose of assets, to perform its functions.
H R Chamberland
December 28, 2019 @ 6:20 pm
There is a way to stop the madness, it’s called grow a pair and vote them out. Corruption is corruption you see it get the get the racketeers out you can’t possibly be that uneducated.
January 2, 2020 @ 10:58 am
Connecticut will soon be a ghost state !
January 23, 2020 @ 9:46 pm
Ned Lamont Stop With your crazy ideas !
They are ridiculous, you say one thing and do another ! You are going to ruin Ct.
January 25, 2020 @ 10:02 am
A Ghost town with many crooks and thugs
January 3, 2020 @ 6:08 pm
I read the article with interest. However this action will unbalance market forces and create inflation while continuing Connecticut’s own recession. With a commodity like fuel, which is intertwined with every aspect of daily life, from moving people to moving goods to providing energy, an entire spectrum of pricing will increase significantly. I could understand this movement if there was a legitimate, significant and affordable replacement in the market to create energy, move people, and transport goods and services. That does not exist right now. Windmills and solar are expensive options for producing energy. I have yet to see these options fully replace the energy in our grid.
Instead of creating opportunities to create wealth and jobs, Connecticut leaders have gone the European route by micromanaging their own economy that is a shrinking box. How many citizens will be left out?
January 24, 2020 @ 1:41 am
You need to stop, you literally bleed us dry every way you can and yet never fix anything worth while. Step down let someone else take over
January 24, 2020 @ 6:42 am
Soon we will have no money of our own to spend and we will all need to go on State Assistance just to survive if you keep taxing everything then there will be no one contributing to the system then where we all be?
January 25, 2020 @ 3:39 pm
I propose a RECALL of Governor Lamont for lying to the Connecticut people, and his unfair taxes on the common Connecticut Populace
January 25, 2020 @ 9:30 pm
No tolls I pay over $14.00 dollars a year to live in this state I was born here I normally don’t vote in the general election but I’m going to this time and I’m watching how’s voting for tolls enough is enough
January 26, 2020 @ 12:30 pm
Connecticut lawmakers love to spend other peoples money. Its the Democratic Party thing to do. Let it become a ghost state than they can figure out the rest.
January 27, 2020 @ 12:33 am
January 27, 2020 @ 3:04 pm
no on the tolls
January 27, 2020 @ 6:58 pm
No tolls please no more …..
January 28, 2020 @ 5:57 am
No tolls. You are pushing out business and their employees
January 28, 2020 @ 11:46 am
No Tolls, Ever!!!!!!!
January 27, 2020 @ 11:46 am
January 27, 2020 @ 3:56 pm
January 27, 2020 @ 4:34 pm
When are Dems going to stop this vicious cycle and understand that they are taxing people and businesses right out of the state. When they do this they reduce their tax base (because when they leave they no longer pay taxes) and their solution is to raise more taxes to recoup their lost revenues. How long do they think they can continue this foolish policy. Add to that increased social services and sanctuary cities that just
accelerates the revenue losses. They treat taxpayers like they are the golden goose… remember what happened to the goose?
February 1, 2020 @ 8:39 pm
That’s so truth. Enough is enough!!!!
February 1, 2020 @ 6:20 pm
NO TOLLS AND LOWER TAXES ARE WHAT CONNECTICUT NEEDS TO GET OUT OF FINANCIAL TROUBLE, ALONG WITH LESS REDICULOUS SPENDING
February 1, 2020 @ 8:58 pm
That’s so truth. Enough is enough!!!!
Albert R Croteau Jr.
February 1, 2020 @ 9:31 pm
We as citizens need to be financially responsible for our money, You as a legislative body need to become more efficient with our infrastructure, financially.
February 2, 2020 @ 10:06 am
What I’d like to know is how can there be such a deficit in a state where people are already taxed so much? Where is this all going? The coastline is like a seesaw of filthy rich and dirt poor. Funnily enough, these people from opposite ends of the wealth spectrum perpetuate this awful system by voting these clowns in. All the while, the working class is stuck picking up the tab. It’s nice to be idealistic when it isn’t your money, I suppose. Our government should be audited, and some people should be going to jail. If this doesn’t happen, something else eventually will.
Mike and Judy Montecalvo
February 2, 2020 @ 12:23 pm
NO TOLLS !
February 2, 2020 @ 5:37 pm
I can’t believe that you (the Democrats) think it’s ok to keep upping the taxes in this state. NO TOLLS and NO TAXES.
Oh yes, And you can also let all the Democrats in Washington. That they have me totally disgusted by every one of them .
They have acted like spoiled brats for three years now . ENOUGH !!! DISRESPECTING , OUR CONSTITUTION AND TRYING TO REWRITE OUR LAWS TO MEET YOU OWN IDEALS. SHAME ON EVERYONE OF YOU.
AND YES I AM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT. I HAVE NEVER MISSED AN ELECTION.
BUT I THINK ITS TIME TO CHANGE MY PARTY TO REPUBLICAN. JUST CAN’T BE ASSOCIATED WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE SO DISHONEST AND NASTY . HAVE A NICE DAY …….
February 3, 2020 @ 3:15 pm
Good for u to switch they only preach what they want you to hear and never did one of them work so hard for the American people like President Trump is doing
February 2, 2020 @ 10:24 pm
No tolls, taxes , or use fees….nothing is acceptable except to cut spending!
February 3, 2020 @ 6:58 am
I’m a construction worker, struggling to make ends meet and now you want to reach even deeper into our puckets, we travel all over the state not because we want to, it’s because we have to. We don’t get anything extra for the traveling. This is not right.
February 3, 2020 @ 8:55 am
I hope all the assholes they keep voting these Democrats in learn a lesson going to vote for him you’re going to pay higher taxes cuz they don’t care how they spend your money we live on a budget they should have to live on a budget and stop taking our money for granted me I’m a hardcore Republican and I would never vote for the Democrats cuz all they do is lie and you Democrats sit there and believe what they say we’ve had so many Democrats in office and all the time they’re there are taxes go up up up think back when Rowland was in office things were in better shape Democrats do it and that’s why they tried to get him out of office which they succeeded much like they’re doing to Trump they see things are better for the American people so they’re trying to get him out of office which they or not succeeding at
February 3, 2020 @ 1:34 pm
What part of NO TOLLS this Democrats don’t get?! I already pay to much in taxes as is! Maybe you should concentrate on cutting expenses and laying off the overwhelming state employees! This is a small state, why do we need so many overheads?! You should take a cut back also…..enough is enough….NO TOLLS!
February 3, 2020 @ 4:17 pm
What bothers me the most, I follow the different government websites. When Dannel Malloy said Tolls, he received 2 registered letters stating they were pulling highway funds. The Federal DOT pulled 77% of funds. From the day they pulled it, to his last day in office, $79 BILLION DOLLARS LOST, in Federal funding. Tolls, isn’t going to make all that money back. We continue to lose billions every year with Lamont. He said tolls will add $2 million dollars. Let’s do the addition. $80 million dollars to buy, install, and computers. It will take 40 years before you make a cent. Federal DOT Money, is ready available, but you have to account for every cent. The state just can’t just blow. Plus, Lamont wants to borrow $20 million dollars before it even starts. How many more companies and people are going to be run out of state before someone wakes up?
February 4, 2020 @ 12:38 pm
NO TOLLS STOP SPENDING
February 4, 2020 @ 10:03 pm
State of CT is one of the most expensive for live. Not long ago, mayor of Stamford (Domocratic nest for Dan Malloy) raised our property taxes incredibly! And look for the explanation: “it was negligence in the maintenance works, also we need for the new police department office, because the old one has lead paint…”. Now is my question: why me have to pay terrible money because the government failed to fulfill its duty?
Democrats governments are terrible on all level – proved.
February 7, 2020 @ 2:06 pm
Give me a call anytime and I’ll let you know what my husband’s trucking company is already paying in road use and fuel taxes.
James ZILVITIS JR
February 12, 2020 @ 9:39 pm
SCREW your DAMN TOLLS SCREW YOUR DAMN Plastic bag tax. LAMONT YOU SUCK YOU MORON
February 12, 2020 @ 10:24 pm
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! You have ruined any thoughts of spending my retirement years in the only state that I have ever called home. My 16 year old has no desire to stay, live and raise a family here beyond her college years. The minute she graduates she will be taking a left out of Dodge faster than one can say “ See you later, Adios, Chow CT! “
February 13, 2020 @ 3:09 pm
To our legislators: You vote for tolls you will lose in the polls????????
February 13, 2020 @ 3:13 pm
Michael DiNocenza Jr
February 14, 2020 @ 5:46 am
No tolls enough is enough fed up in CT
February 13, 2020 @ 6:21 pm
Some how you think we can afford giving money out and still support a family. I work 60+ hours a week and still cant keep up. Your lucky to have been given your money, no one else has. WE ARE BROKE , your plan is working and this state is broken worse then before you even got in office. The least you could do is show us how we are going to support our own family’s. No income tax, at least tax free overtime. I love my family and i cant even show anything for working 60+ hours a week. Let alone get to spend valuable time with my kids. I get home and they have to go to bed. I dont even get to see them wake up in the mornings. Your the exact definition of evil. You dont even listen to the people that put you in office. Enjoy you time here on earth because your afterlife is going to surprise you with 10fold the pain you pass on to others.
February 14, 2020 @ 6:38 am
after 45 years in Ct it’s time to leave and shut off the wallet drain. My daughters and grandchildren are leaving the state because young families can’t live here.
Real estate taxes
Plans for new gas taxes
Winter oil bills
Planned ammunition taxes
It’s too bad.
No longer the state I was happy to move to from New Jersey.
February 14, 2020 @ 9:35 am
NO TOLLS. We have already been taxed to death. Our Representatives can’t be trusted with a “lock box”. Or the truck toll only BS. Everyone who votes yes for tolls will have to answer to it at the polls. We will not forget this vote
February 14, 2020 @ 10:27 pm
No tolls less pay for corrupt politicians
February 15, 2020 @ 8:52 pm
We need to emphasize that that a vote for tolls translates into a no for that person at the polls.
February 16, 2020 @ 12:29 pm
As a teacher I can not make ends meet on one salary after 20 years Income tax was suppose to be temporary. Windfall tax will take my hard earn Social Security I earned. So many taxes. I thought he was for the middle class or that was his campaign. Lies lies lies
February 14, 2020 @ 5:38 pm
NO TOLLS!!!!!! you steel enough of our hard earned money. So sick of your tax and spend, Just keep taxing taxing taxing. Screw you and this freakin state time to leave.
February 15, 2020 @ 7:40 am
Cut costs first!
February 15, 2020 @ 3:21 pm
Hey here’s a novel.gucking idea you piece if shit democrates and progressives instead of tolls do away with welfare or make only 1 or 2 years and foid stamps how about np sanctuary cities and free medical housing schooling for these piece of shit illegals that gate our country but live the handouts from hard working Americans and Connecticut residents you shoukd all be rounded up and shot you’re all useless as tits on a bull…go fuck yourselves
July 21, 2020 @ 7:55 pm
February 15, 2020 @ 6:14 pm
No tolls. Enough is enough
February 15, 2020 @ 7:58 pm
February 16, 2020 @ 6:43 am
I will not vote for the people who agree to this Gas tax is too high and no one is accountable for this governor llama lied when he said he does not want tax because the soon as he got to office he started with it all over again
February 17, 2020 @ 7:57 am
Lamont wants to put tolls in, and raise gas and ammunition taxes. We are one of the smallest states in the country and already have some of, if not the highest taxes in the country and yet we never see Connecticut change for the better. All that tax money goes into the pockets of these so called leaders, while familys are ruined and businesses close… You raise taxes and want tolls because you do not know how to fix the problem and this is an easy way for you to get rich. You do not care about this state or the people that reside in it. Connecticut is a beautiful state but the people that run it, make it undesirable to stay in or do business in. NO TOLLS, NO TAX INCREASE.
April 4, 2020 @ 8:59 am
Stop the tax!!! Enough is Enough!!!!
Stanley P Lentini
April 6, 2020 @ 11:01 am
I say no to an increase in any taxes here in Connecticut including the regional gas tax that is proposed.first off climate change is only based on a model in the years 900 to 1300 the planet was warmer than it is today with no vehicles or industry climate changes on its own man does not control it or cannot control it.
April 4, 2020 @ 9:01 am
Stop the tax!! Enough is Enough!!!!
April 6, 2020 @ 5:54 pm
We, the people, do not need a regional gasoline tax. We pay enough in taxes. The HELL with this tax.
April 11, 2020 @ 10:46 am
Stop raising our taxes it is difficult to survive in this state as is
April 13, 2020 @ 8:20 pm
CT is already the 7th highest in the nation for Gas Tax, NO new Gas Tax!
CT needs economic growth not more taxes; No More Tax and Spend Politicians!
July 8, 2020 @ 7:06 pm
I heard there is a petition to sign contesting the green/climate tax. I cannot find it anywhere. Does anyone know what the link is for this petition?
July 17, 2020 @ 2:55 pm
I don’t want a gas tax increase we pay to much tax already on gasoline in Connecticutr.
July 21, 2020 @ 7:53 pm
Gov Lamont and the Dems are doing everything they can to encourage residents to sell up and leave Connecticut. But lame-brain voters keep electing them. Cheers!!
January 21, 2021 @ 12:17 pm
Are you nuts, just tax the public more. Bunch of crooks, robbing the public. Gas shouldn’t even cost what it costs, jakking up prices to your whim.
No to more gas tax.
February 26, 2021 @ 3:27 pm
No To the gas tax