The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is seeking to impose a 5-cent “conservation tax” on each gallon of Oilheat or propane sold – a tariff that would hike fuel prices for 640,000-plus households.
According to the DEEP, the goal of the tariff is to create a cheaper future for Connecticut residents and businesses in the long run, but that explanation doesn’t pass muster. Forty-eight percent of the state’s homes are heated by Oilheat or propane, meaning nearly half of the state will see an unnecessary increase in their taxes.
Some policymakers are speaking out. Notably, in a guest column with the New Haven Register, State Senator Joe Markley expressed concern that the middle class will be hit particularly hard and that DEEP’s justifications for the tax were “short-sighted and hypocritical, in that they ignore how much Oilheat and propane customers already contribute to the state’s Energy Efficiency Fund through their electricity bills.”
As an elected representative, Senator Markley’s voice is loud. But yours can be too. Attend local meetings and reach out to your local representatives to tell them this new heating tax will hurt the middle-class!
Check the schedule below and please make your voice heard!
September 6, 2017, 4:00 PM
Gina McCarthy Auditorium
DEEP’s Hartford Office
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT
September 7, 2017, 6:30 PM
Jones Auditorium, Britton Building, 2nd Floor
CT Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT