While those in charge of 10 more states have been in talks to enter the Transportation and Climate Initiative, or TCI, only Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont have joined DC Mayor Muriel Bowser in sign a memorandum of understanding in December to implement the plan.
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Supporters say it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions greenhouse of 26 % from 2022 to 2032, and bring $ 3 billion in income for the next decade. Opponents say it will drive up fuel prices for consumers and that it is a regressive tax on fuels.As for a regressive tax, proponents argue that signatories would devote at least 35% of revenues to transportation needs in communities underserved.
Baker, a Republican, unilaterally entered into the deal under Bay State law requiring emission reductions. The other two New England states , both with rudderOur Democrats, need legislative approval to seal the deal, and lawmakers in every state have balked.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (AP)
The idea has been launched in 2010 when environmental officials from those jurisdictions, along with Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, signed on a " declaration intention , "without directly engaging in actions. North Carolina and Virginia environmental officials subsequently annI gave his support without making any commitments.
"It's fair to say that TCI is struggling to get started. However, the program was designed to be basically like a zombie. It dies and comes back back to life, "said Paul Craney, spokesperson and board member for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, which opposes the deal, to Fox News.
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"It was first established that 'a dozen states were doing it, claiming everyone was going to have shared pain for environmental benefit because there are big states mixed in there, "Craney added. "Then we learned in December that it was three states. Now it 's the one that is fully engaged.
Si Massachusett s fully enters the deal by 2023 as expected, around 80,000 state vehicles will not have enough fuel by 2025, according to a analysis from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Foundation in August. To avoid a serious fuel shortage later, according to the analysis, Massachusetts drivers should now redeem their vehicle for an electric vehicle at the rate of approximately 2,000 electric vehicles per month. But only about 2,000 electric vehicles were sold in Massachusetts in the entire 2020 calendar year.
Transportation for Massachusetts, a coalition of environmental groups from Massachusetts, opposes the move. initiative of the ballot to leave the agreement.
"The question of the ballotby opponents of ICT threatens our environment, our health, and our transport. But that's not all, "le group says in a statement. "This poorly worded and overbroad petition could threaten any policy or revenue stream designed to eliminate pollution from transport. This includes both existing sources of income and potential future policies that benefit families and communities most affected by transportation pollution. "
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In neighboring Vermont, Republican Gov. Phil Scott expressed his skepticism in August during a Zoom meeting of the New England Council.
"I didn't see how this could work for Vermont and am not convinced today that it works for Vermont, Scott said , later adding, "I myself good sense of the direction in which we are going without the need for tax increases and certainly not a regressive carbon tax. "
Although the Rhode Island legislature suspended this summer without adopting the TCI , the Senate passed the measure without the support of the House, and current Governor Daniel McKee, a Democrat, is "fully committed " to the deal reached by his predecessor, said Mike Healy, spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
"Governor McKee supports the effortses within the framework of TCI to process climate change and improve public health, and is actively in talks with Governors Lamont and Baker on this initiative, "Healey told Fox News in a statement.
" The Department of Environmental Management continues to engage lawmakers, advocates of environment and equity and other stakeholders to discuss the benefits of ICT and why curb air pollution and access Unleashing innovation in cleaner public transport and healthier communities is so important to Rhode Island, ”continued Healy. “We sincerely hope that both houses of the Legislative Assembly aont the matter at the start of the 2022 session, will pass the bill and to the governor for signature. "