Oregon Carbon Tax Proposal Clears Final Committee, Full Vote Next

They should put this up for a referendum instead of a general assembly vote, and see how that goes. Usually, the carbon tax legislation loses. But, hey, this is vastly left leaning Oregon, so, let them suffer under the policies they push

Oregon’s Major Climate Change Proposal Clears Final Committee

A sweeping proposal for sharply curbing Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades is headed to a vote on the House floor.

In a brief hearing Wednesday, the Legislature’s full budget committee passed House Bill 2020 out on a 13-8 partyline vote. The bill would institute a cap-and-trade program in the state beginning in 2021, and gradually reduce emissions until 2050.

The vote was significant. Roughly a decade after policymakers first began thinking about putting a price on emissions, Democrats’ most detailed proposal for doing so is within two votes of becoming law.

That doesn’t mean it is clear of challenges. In recent days, lobbyists for manufacturing companies have exerted pressure on Democrats to pull support from the bill. And in a move clearly meant to send a signal, backers of an effort to revoke a new tax for schools announced a $1 million contribution shortly after the vote. Capitol sources say the group has offered to pull back on the referral effort if key lawmakers would abandon the cap-and-trade bill.

Elected Democrats actually do not want to give The People of Oregon a chance to vote on it themselves

Sen. Fred Girod, R-Stayton, made his third unsuccessful effort in as many meetings to have an emergency clause stripped from the bill.

The clause ensures the bill would take effect when it’s signed by Gov. Kate Brown, rather than three months after the end of legislative session. But it would also prevent opponents from gathering signatures to refer the law directly to the ballot. Republicans have argued that denies voters their fundamental rights.

Democrats love the notion of Direct Democracy, except when they know they’ll lose.

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5 Responses to “Oregon Carbon Tax Proposal Clears Final Committee, Full Vote Next”

  1. Professor Hale says:

    Where are all the stories in the news about who really pays these taxes and who it will hurt? It seems that when Trump was proposing a 5% tariff on goods from Mexico, every media outlet was suddenly a bunch of free traders quoting Milton Freedman. Now? Crickets.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      The NuCons (tRumplublican Party) do not favor free trade. They favor crony capitalism.

      State level carbon taxes are ineffective and unfair.

      • alanstorm says:

        “The NuCons (tRumplublican Party) do not favor free trade. They favor crony capitalism.”

        So sorry, that’s the Obama administration you’re talking about. As in all those supposedly “green” businesses, owned by Dem donors, that got so-called “stimulus” cash and went tits-up.

        “Carbon taxes are ineffective and unfair.”

        There you go, lots more accurate.

  2. ST says:

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  3. alanstorm says:

    “Democrats love the notion of Direct Democracy, except when they know they’ll lose.”


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