Vermont Republicans want to reduce carbon emissions, too – they just don’t want to add to the real-life financial suffering of low-income Vermonters, Minority Leader and Rep. Patty McCoy (R-Poultney) writes.
“We can’t achieve our climate goals by making Vermont even less affordable for our most vulnerable populations. That’s precisely what a carbon tax or fee would do. We need more “carrots” or incentives that work, and fewer “sticks” or taxes that add to the cost of living. That’s why Vermont Republican legislators will stand united this legislative session in opposing any carbon tax or fee proposal.
We can address our shared challenges and goals in an economically sustainable way--without leaving certain Vermonters behind. In fact, our economy and environment are inherently linked. Vermont legislative Republicans are ready and willing to make our state cleaner while growing our economy and without hurting those just struggling to get by. Let’s work together to get it done. Rep. Pattie McCoy is the Vermont House Minority Leader, and represents the towns of Poultney and Ira in the Vermont House of Representatives. She serves on the Vermont House Committee on Transportation.
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