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Dame: Stop the ‘mystery tax’ on energy

by Paul Dame
 “No taxation without representation” was one of the many rallying cries used in our nation’s fight for independence.  Our country was founded on the idea that the will of the people were the supreme authority, and their consent was required before being deprived of their property through taxation.  But now Progressive Democrats in Vermont have undermined this fundamental American value by voting for a new “Mystery Tax” which will be implemented by an unelected board that is not accountable directly to the people of Vermont.

I call this a “Mystery Tax” because everything about it is virtually unknown.  No one who voted for it can tell you how much it will cost, what the impact will be, or if it will actually work.  Everything is a mystery even to the so-called experts!

House Bill H.715 also known as the Clean Heat Standard would increase the cost of every manner of home heating fuel (natural gas, propane, kerosene and heating oil) and put greater burdens on Vermont’s local mom & pop fuel dealers, many of which have less than 10-15 employees each.

This bill has already been passed by both houses and was delivered to the Governor’s desk yesterday.  Since we don’t have 50 Republicans, House Democrats have enough votes to suspend their own rules and move this bill along without the usual waiting periods.  All the more reason we still need more people to run for office during the Red Wave coming in 2022!

Our best hope now is a veto from Governor Scott who has indicated that the bill does not have his support.  But after that we need to put pressure on just a few Democrats or Independents to sustain his veto of this new tax.

We have prepared the following ads to warn constituents from around Vermont.



To see the full list of over 90 Legislators who voted for this check out our facebook post here.

Time is running out!  The Governor only has a few days to veto the bill, and then the House & Senate could decide to overturn his veto and put this new tax into law permanently.  The next few days could be our last chance to stop this undemocratic, unaffordable and unaccountable new tax.

The author is an Essex Junction resident and chair of the Vermont Republican Party.

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5 replies »

  1. Be careful, Mr. Dame, you will be called a racist by Kiah Morris who herself is a racist after telling white people they were not allowed during meetings that ultimately led to part of H.715. She banned these willing white participants even after a black farmer objected. Kiah Morris pushed hard for this mystery tax to help drive the progressive tax and spend agenda.

  2. The best explanation of this boondoggle can be four in a 7Days article called “Temperature Rising”, 3/2/22 at the end reading “Here’s How It Would Work”..The “formula” is just INSANE, a Soviet-Style make-work program paid for by US with NO concept of IF it will “work”, how much it will COST consumers, and the extra staff/amployees needed by “Energy Dealers” to administer this sham. Do we need to get off oil, especially for heating? Of course we do, it’s a finite resource, but is THIS the way to do it? I think not..Check out the 7Days article, no matter what you think of their paper THEY were the ONLY news outlet to even attempt an explanation and show how CRAZY this thing is..

  3. Vermont is un-repentant and stiff-necked. The Wrath of God is near.

    Liberty is from God not man.

  4. Isn’t every tax in this State surrounded by “mystery.” Such as, where is all that tax money going? Certainly is a mystery for many of us in a State of roughly 648,000 and a budget of $7.4 billion in total spending and $1.8 billion in general fund spending?

  5. Its meant to save the planet by getting rid of human beings. Tax the advocates into oblivion and let them freeze.

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