The Legislature thinks it’s a good idea to extract a 55 cent surcharge on electric bills to pay for unecononomic alternative energy developments whose state subsidies will disappear if VY closes. Of course, they will hide behind the ploy that it’s not a tax in the dictionary sense. However, the fact remains a broad-based fee imposed by government on nearly every business and residence ratepayer looks, feels and smells like a tax.
This legislative majority will always find any revenue they think worthy to be collected and spent on pet projects. And it’s so easy to leverage utilities to be their ‘tax’ collectors. This ploy is one more way to separate the people from their money and claim they haven’t raised broad-based taxes.
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