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WOBURN — Beacon Hill Democrats are on the cusp of handing taxation authority to unelected government bureaucrats after advancing the so-called Transportation Climate Initiative out of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, meaning a House vote is imminent and full passage is all but assured.
A recent study performed by the Beacon Hill Institute determined that TCI’s “market-based compliance mechanism,” which would be dictated by bureaucrats and not elected officials, will result in a 26-cent per gallon increase in the price of gasoline and hit the average Massachusetts household with an extra $738 in annual expenses.
The legislation identifies the Department of Environmental Protection as responsible for setting and enforcing the surcharges.
“The Democrats are advocating for an unelected government bureaucracy to set these new taxes, meaning that once they kick in, the taxes will be with us forever,” said Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons. “This is taxation without representation, and once again the Democrats have gone too far.”