VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2020R1/Measures/Overview/SB1578
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2020R1/Committees/SFR/Overview
This bill refunds to some low income drivers and subsidizes off road diesel users in agriculture and logging from the devastating economic effects of SB 1530 (cap and trade).
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Fuel is an increasingly significant cost driver for every family and the cost impact it has on businesses adds to every family expenses as well. The lowest income families don’t file tax returns and won’t know to file for this refund.
Provides a refund program to offset some of the cost increases that are anticipated under the cap-and-trade program envisioned under SB 1530. Redirects hundreds of millions of dollars per biennium from the cap & invest program’s transportation decarbonization fund and climate investment fund to give rebates to low income drivers and refund off-road diesel users, agriculture and logging operations. The responsible thing is not collect the money at all, so providing a refund is about control and makes it easy to reduce the refund and eventually repeal.
This illustrates how destructive cap and trade is on the economy. This addendum is redistribution of wealth, government picking winners and losers. The idea is that cap and trade creates shared benefits for impacted communities — clearly a socialistic distribution of wealth. Impacted communities is defined as those individuals and communities that have the fewest resources to adapt to climate impacts or adopt new clean economy technologies – that are dictated by government.
Provides some relief for rural communities at the expense of losing control.
Designed to keep rural agriculture and logging in business while destroying free markets.