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Opportunities to Address Climate Change: State-Based Carbon Taxes

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The Founders called the states “laboratories of democracy,” and today’s state legislatures are taking on that role with their own aggressive moves against climate change. In our next webinar, ASBC explores current legislative actions in MA, CT, RI, WA and NY. We’ll hear from state legislators, an economist and a business leader; all working to pass carbon taxes in their states.

Jeff Mauk
Executive Director, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

Robert Mohr
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Paul College, University of New Hampshire

Aaron Regunberg
State Representative, RI

Kevin Ranker
State Senator, WA

Michael Green
Executive Director, Climate Action Business Association

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Opportunities to Address Climate Change: State-Based Carbon Taxes

  1. 1. Opportunities to Address Climate Change: State-based Carbon Taxes March 17, 2017
  2. 2. • Represent over 200,000 businesses in 40 states. • Over 80 business organizations are members. • Over 130 companies are members. • Advocate at federal level in Washington, DC. • Advocate in state capitals. • Place Op-eds and Policy Statements in media. • Have Biz leaders be spokes to media on issues. • Bring Biz leaders to DC to testify & lobby Congress & Administration. ASBC’s Reach/Capabilities asbcouncil.org/webinars
  3. 3. Upcoming Events March 23 Webinar National Carbon Pricing April 11 – 12 Event Congressional In-District Carbon Pricing / Climate Change Lobby Day May 2 Event Business Climate Change Lobby Day, Washington, D.C. asbcouncil.org/webinars
  4. 4. Jeff Mauk Executive Director, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Robert Mohr Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Paul College, University of New Hampshire Aaron Regunberg State Representative, RI Kevin Ranker State Senator, WA Michael Green Executive Director, Climate Action Business Association Richard Eidlin VP of Public Policy & Co-founder American Sustainable Business Council Speakers asbcouncil.org/webinars
  5. 5. CARBON PRICING IN THE NORTHEAST
  6. 6. AT A GLANCE ● Nearly 40 nations and over 20 cities, states and regions have already put a price on carbon, and nearly $22 billion was raised globally in 2015 as a result. ● The Northeast has been a leader on energy issues, such as the nine-state northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
  7. 7. CONNECTICUT Establishing a carbon price for fossil fuels sold in Connecticut (HB 7247) ● Chief Sponsor: Representative Jonathan Steinberg ● Fee: $15 per ton of CO2, increasing by $5 per ton annually ● Allocation: ○ 25% toward climate resilience, efficiency and other renewable energy programs, ○ 30% would provide dividends to employers in the state ○ 40% would provide dividends to state residents
  8. 8. MASSACHUSETTS An act combating climate change (S1821) ● Chief Sponsor: Senator Michael Barrett ● Fee: $10 per ton of CO2, rising $5 a year until $40 a ton ● Allocation: All revenue would be returned to households and businesses
  9. 9. MASSACHUSETTS An act to promote green infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs (H.1726) ● Chief Sponsor: Representative Jennifer Benson ● Fee: $20 per ton of CO2, rising $5 a year until $40 a ton ● Allocation: ○ 80% of revenue would be returned to households and businesses ○ 20% would be reinvested in transportation, resiliency, and clean energy projects that reduce emissions
  10. 10. NEW HAMPSHIRE Establishes a study commission (SB123) ● Chief Sponsor: Senator Martha Fuller Clark ● Impact: Establishing a commission to study a carbon reduction investment program for New Hampshire
  11. 11. NEW YORK Establishes a tax on carbon-based fuels (A00107/S02846) ● Chief Sponsor: Senator Kevin Parker, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill ● Fee: $35 per ton of CO2, increasing by $15 a ton annually to a maximum of $185 ● Allocation: ○ 60% would be returned to low and moderate income households ○ 40% would be invested in clean energy and transportation infrastructure
  12. 12. NEW YORK Authorizes a study (A01919) ● Chief Sponsor: Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton ● Impact: Authorizes a study on implementing a greenhouse gas or carbon emissions fee or tax
  13. 13. RHODE ISLAND Clean energy investment and carbon pricing act of 2017 (S0365/H5369) ● Chief Sponsor: Senator Jeanine Calkin and Representative Aaron Regunberg ● Fee: $15 per ton of CO2, increasing by $5 per ton annually ● Allocation: ○ 70% refunded via per capita and per employee rebates to families and businesses ○ 25% would be invested into renewable energy and efficiency programs
  14. 14. VERMONT An act relating to a cap and trade program (H.273) ● Chief Sponsor: Representative Mollie Burke ● Impact: This bill proposes to enable Vermont to participate in a multijurisdictional cap and trade program. 25% of revenue would support weatherization programs, 25% would support electricity efficiency, and the remaining 50% would support sustainable transportation.
  15. 15. VERMONT An act relating to a carbon tax and cap and trade study (H.394) ● Chief Sponsor: Representative Mollie Burke ● Impact: Proposes a study of carbon pricing and cap and trade models in Vermont
  16. 16. CONTACT Jeff Mauk, Executive Director The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators ● Phone: 202-744-1006 ● Email: jmauk@ncel.net
  17. 17. ROBERT MOHR, ASSOC. PROFESSOR, DEPT. OF ECONOMICS, PAUL COLLEGE, UNH Robert Mohr’s research focuses on public finance, innovation, and environmental policy. At the University of New Hampshire, he teaches graduate courses in microeconomic theory and public finance and undergraduate courses in microeconomics, public policy and environmental economics. asbcouncil.org/webinars
  18. 18. AARON REGUNBERG, STATE REPRESENTATIVE, RI Aaron Regunberg has fought for legislation that will benefit our schools, working families, the environment and our economy. He is proud to have helped lead successful efforts to raise the minimum wage (including the first increase for tipped workers in more than two decades), win millions more dollars in school facilities funding, create new renewable energy programs, and more. asbcouncil.org/webinars
  19. 19. KEVIN RANKER, STATE SENATOR, WA Kevin Ranker was first elected to the Washington State Senate in 2008 and was reelected in 2012 and 2016. He has served in Majority Leadership and as Chair of the Natural Resources Committee and the Environment Committee. Most recently, Kevin was elected by his colleagues to serve as the lead Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee responsible for the $42 billion state operating budget. asbcouncil.org/webinars
  20. 20. State Carbon Pricing Network
  21. 21. NETWORK MEMBERS • There are currently 17 campaigns in the network – These include the dark blue states featured on the map
  22. 22. STATE UPDATES • Clicking on the dark blue states on the map allows you to learn more about each state’s campaign • Information mentioned on the website includes: climate goals, who is leading the campaign, current status, and any proposed legislation
  23. 23. MEMBER SERVICES • Services CXC provides Network members include: – Policy analysis – Campaign planning expertise – Forum to share ideas – Training & skill building • Entering your contact information in the space provided gives you access to a variety of resources, such as op-ed templates, compiled legislation, and slide decks
  24. 24. Working with ASBC Richard Eidlin, Vice President/Co-founder reidlin@asbcouncil.org 303-478-0131 Bryan McGannon, Policy Director bmcgannon@asbcouncil.org 202-650-7678

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