TCI Will Increase Fuel Costs for Struggling MA Small Businesses and Commuters

Date: December 17, 2020

Tell your lawmakers say no to TCI, a hidden gas tax

The pandemic has challenged Massachusetts small businesses in every possible way, but some officials want to push forward with the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), a cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas. TCI will increase expenses for all Massachusetts small businesses, commuters, and working families. The TCI fuel tax scheme could cost Massachusetts motorists between 17-38 cents per gallon based on various studies.

Massachusetts is one of 11 states and Washington, DC, that may participate in TCI. The plan calls for a cap and trade program to lower transportation emissions through fees on fuel distributors. The fees will be passed on to small businesses, consumers, and commuters at the gas pump as a hidden fuel tax.

TCI Partner States Are Opting Out and Questioning the program. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu quickly decided residents of his state should not be subjected to higher fuel costs and opted out. Leaders in other states like Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont are also questioning whether they want motorists to face this hidden gas tax, especially during the current economic situation.

Help NFIB by telling policymakers that TCI is too costly for small businesses and Massachusetts should not participate in the program


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