POLL: Rhode Islanders Say “No” to High Costs of TCI Gas Tax

No TCI Tax Pumping Gas

Rhode Islanders clearly feel, after all we’ve been through, that now is not the time to punish people for driving their vehicles!

This week, the Center released a new poll that shows the initial conceptual support for the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Gas Tax drops significantly when voters learn the policy will result in gas tax hikes, a significant projected loss of jobs, and a major reduction in the average family’s disposable income.

On the flip side, by not adopting this TCI scheme and keeping gas taxes where they are, our Ocean State would gain a competitive advantage over our Massachusetts and Connecticut neighbors.

Rhode Islanders oppose TCI when they learn about its high costs – including a $0.23 increase in the gas tax, an estimated 2,000 jobs lost, and a $1,200 reduction in disposable income for the average Rhode Island family.

Another false “feel good” narrative (from far-left Never Never Land) is not worth the loss of disposable income and jobs costs for virtually zero environmental impact. Learn more now by clicking here to see the full poll results!



  • Monique Chartier

    Respectfully, “virtually zero” environmental impact (of the TCI tax) is not strong enough. More like “absolute zero” environmental impact.

    All of man’s activities on the planet generates only 6% of greenhouse gases, with Earth generating the rest. The United States generates a quarter of that (though John Kerry said it’s only 10%) = 1.5% of all greenhouse gases generated. Not only is Rhode Island the smallest state, we have almost no industrial activity. So even if Rhode Islanders stopped ALL greenhouse gas powered activities (no lights, no heat, no driving, no electricity, no stores, no job, no business, etc), much less the dinky amount they want to abate with the TCI tax (and other carbon taxes lurking in legislators’ highly misguided minds) it would have NO impact. Anyone who says otherwise is completely misinformed or flat out lying.

    • Rhett Hardwick

      Assuming any validity to the estimates of conversion of automobiles to electricity, any revenue gain would be short lived. Worse, assuming the additional revenue is relied upon, it will leave a hole in the budget as gasoline sales decline.

      • Monique Chartier

        Heh. Shhhhh! Don’t bring real revenue and budget numbers to the table, especially when it comes to green initiatives …