Oregon gas is 4th highest. Doom for Carbon Tax?

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Oregon’s recent gas price spike may spell doom for the 16-cent gas tax that will come with the passage of the Oregon Carbon Tax plan (HB 2020), also known as Carbon cap and invest and climate bill.

During Spring Break Oregonians were hit with the nation’s fourth highest gas prices according to the Automobile Association of America this last weekend. Only California, Hawaii, Washington and Alaska have higher gas prices than Oregon.

The carbon tax bill in the State Legislature, HB 2020, is expected to raise gas prices by an additional 16-cents. That 16-cent gas tax increase could propel Oregon closer to the number one gas price in the nation. Those price spikes will cascade throughout any product in Oregon that is delivered by gas which will spike grocery and clothing goods prices.   California has the highest gas prices because they already have a Carbon Tax scheme.

The biggest drivers of this rank are Oregon’s 12th highest in the nation gas tax of $.3677 per gallon, Portland’s $.10 a gallon tax, and the additional $.03 per gallon tacked on by Multnomah County. Washington County gets $.01 a gallon, and a 16 other Oregon cities have taxes ranging from $.01 to $.05 a gallon, with most at $.03 per gallon.

Nationwide, refiners are required by the EPA to change from producing “winter blends” to “summer blends” from late March through ,id April, making late February the time when many refineries are taken offline for routine maintenance, decreasing the supply of gasoline, increasing its price.

Crude oil prices also rose about nine percent between February 12 and February 27, adding to the gasoline price increase.

Call your lawmaker toll-free to oppose the Carbon Tax HB 2020.  1-800-332-2313 or write  900 Court St. NE, Salem Oregon 97301

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