Oregon Carbon Tax = Job Decline

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon


The chart above says it all, the states with carbon cap-and-tax regulatory schemes show a steep decline in manufacturing jobs while other states experience an increase in manufacturing jobs.

In the rush to push through a Carbon Tax Bill, lawmakers have largely ignored how the projected increases in energy prices will harm employment in manufacturing and other key sectors. In 2017, a study published by FTI Consulting found that Oregon’s manufacturing sector would be “highly impacted” by a cap-and-tax scheme.

Nine states in the Northeast have a cap-and-tax system, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.

Since 2012, RGGI states have lost 3.7 percent of their manufacturing jobs. Over the same period, states that are not in the RGGI have seen their manufacturing jobs increase by 5.8 percent. Oregon—which is not in the RGGI—had a 13 percent increase in manufacturing employment.

Please call your State Senator 1-800-332-2313 to oppose HB 2020.

Oregon lawmakers’ Legislative Session is set to close by the end of June (mere days), We can kill the HB 2020 Carbon Tax in the final few days.

Please call your State Senator at the Capitol switchboard 1-800-332-2313 and ask to speak to your State Senator (if you do not know who your State Senator is, you can ask the operator at this phone number to help you by providing your address). Once connected tell your State Senator’s office kindly that you oppose HB 2020 the Carbon Tax.

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