AUGUSTAâ€”The Maine chapter of the free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP-ME) today applauded gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage and U.S. House candidates Jason Levesque and Dean Scontras for signing the groupâ€™s â€śNo Climate Tax Pledge.â€ť The Maine signers join nearly 650 bipartisan lawmakers and candidates on the federal, state and local levels pledging to â€śoppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.â€ť
â€śThe one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldnâ€™t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,â€ť said AFP-ME State Director Trevor Bragdon. â€śWe encourage all of Maineâ€™s elected officials and candidates for office to sign the pledge.â€ť
Cap-and-trade took its first step toward enactment last year when the U.S. House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill, which escaped the lower chamber by a scant seven votes despite significant bipartisan opposition. The Senate has struggled to pass companion legislation, with several Democratic senators expressing opposition to attempting to pass the energy tax bill.
President Obama has made no secret of his support for the bill, which would be the largest tax increase in American history. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has scored the House plan as an $846 billion increase in federal revenue, a burden that will be borne by taxpayers and consumers for decades to come. Recent analysis by the Institute for Energy Research found the Kerry-Lieberman Senate bill would cost the nation more than 500,000 jobs by 2015 and decrease household income by over $1,000 by 2020.
â€śUsing the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable,â€ť said Bragdon. â€śRegardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government.â€ť
The pledge is available online at www.NoClimateTax.com. AFP does not endorse candidates. All elected officials and candidates are encouraged to sign the pledge and go on the record in opposition to using the climate change issue to increase taxes and grow the size of government.
Contact Name: Trevor Bragdon
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