Indiana County News
December 09, 2020
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Update
Since the Governor announced his RGGI tax, a coalition of union and business leaders united under the Power PA Jobs Alliance (www.powerpajobs.com) have urged the governor to engage in a robust public outreach process and submit his plan to the state legislature for consideration. The governor has refused these reasonable requests. Three state advisory panels housed within his Department of Environmental Protection evaluated the governor’s RGGI proposal, and all three rejected the governor’s unilateral action to adopt RGGI, concluding that it would not benefit our commonwealth as the governor suggests. And in July, an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation that would crystalize current statutory and constitutional law that only the General Assembly can impose a tax, not the governor acting without legislative authority.
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