(Americans for Prosperity) – The fight to put an end to the job-killing Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”) Cap & Trade scheme took a major step forward when State Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) publicly announced his co-sponsorship of the repeal effort.
When the original legislation paving the way for New Jersey’s entry into RGGI was passed in 2008, it was done so on a bi-partisan basis. Likewise, dismantling RGGI will require support from members of both political parties.
By joining the movement to repeal RGGI, Senator Sarlo became the first Democrat to back the effort to kill this Cap & Trade tax and opened the door for more of his Democrat colleagues in the Legislature to do the same. In fact, at [April 20’s] press conference Senator Sarlo urged his fellow Democrats today to do just that.
Senator Sarlo did not arrive at this decision lightly. But when presented with the indisputable facts about the RGGI scheme — including its lack of transparency, exploitation by “insiders” looking to speculate and profit on the backs of ratepayers, as well as the devastating consequences for New Jersey’s economy and jobs — the senator made the call to stand up for New Jersey’s economic future.
Alongside primary sponsors of the repeal bills in the Legislature, Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23) and Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-24), Senator Sarlo expressed his concerns about the RGGI program and his reasons for co-sponsoring the repeal effort.
Senator Sarlo’s announcement is a critical step forward in winning this fight, but the job is not finished.
Governor Christie has publicly stated that his administration is now reviewing the RGGI program and expects to make a decision on RGGI within the next two months. 41 legislators are on board but many still are not and they need to hear from you and me!