How the TCI Tax Will Steal Christmas


Every regular American likes driving a lot,
But greenies, like Rhode Island Governor Raimondo, do not.

The greenies hate driving!  The whole idea of freedom!
Go-doers might go do things greenies think to be dumb!
They know they know better; they know it’s just wrong,
All of that driving, with a smile and a song,
To get to our meetings, to movies, to football,
And to jobs where we profit, which is most dreadful of all.

For greenies like Raimondo one season is worst:
Christmastime, when bellies and shopping carts burst.
When that festive time comes, gasoline makes it work,
From the Black Friday sale to the office-party perk,
Getting kids to their pageants and gifts from the store…
Raimondo stares at a paper that will help make it no more.

“They’re going out shopping,” she snarls with a sneer.
“Then they’ll fill up their cars to drive there and drive here!
Just like every Christmas season — All year, without end! —
They zip all around to see family and friends.
They go to their jobs and motorbike for recreation…
I must make our gas prices highest in the nation!”

And there on her desk — what the greenies want her to do —
Is a pen to sign that paper, a sly M.O.U.,
A Memorandum Of Understanding that Rhode Island says “yes”
To the Transportation & Climate Initiative at a price we can’t guess.
A new TCI tax is just what they’ll do.
They say it’s an “allowance,” but it’s a “tax” through and through.

Everything that you do, every good for every buyer,
Every fun you might have, would have costs that are higher.
Every family, person, and business would of course feel the pinch,
Every George Bailey, Santa, Scrooge, and even the Grinch.
With snow on the ground and tinsel on her fake Christmas pine,
Let’s hope the Whos of Rhode Island tell Gina, “Don’t sign!”

  • Makaha Ken

    Justin, I have heard of some crazy things in my life but this is wild!!!  The “Transportation & Climate Initiative” (I had to read your post 4 times to understand what you were talking about) is as you imply an actual additional tax added to operating your vehicle most likely in additional to gasoline tax per gallon. This is being driven by the Northeast and Atlantic States region. The  participating states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.  You can read about it at following website:

    There are two things going on with this initiative; (A). With the introduction of higher millage efficent vehicles, hybrid vehicles, plug-in vehicles, electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles states are collecting less gasoline tax for transportation road infrastructure maintainance and (B). How do you fund new infrastructures to support new and evolving electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that do not use carbon based fuels?

    This mainland TCI is basically a tax and is the wrong approach government taxing driver’s to give those funds to private companies who may charge fees for infrastructure services. Good luck!!!! Rhode Island will have highest electric rates in nation and now gasoline tax beside property and income taxes! What a state to live in!!!!

    State of Hawaii has already been struggling with these two above mentioned problems and if you’ve been paying attention then you realize Hawaii was first state in nation to pass state laws and the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) declaring state-wide over 100% reduction of imported oil for electric power generation moving to 100% renewable energy and 70% of imported oil for transportation by year 2045. 2017 Hawaii state-wide was at 27% on track to meet 2020 benchmark of 30% renewable electric generated energy across the 11,000 sq. mi. of the state.

    Hawaii has taken a different approach to using a TCI tax. First, Hawaii has no natural carbon based natural fuels as everything has to be imported. Hawaii is the most oil dependent state in the nation with some of the highest fuel and electric rates in nation.

    Hawaii is the only state in nation that manufacturers its own artificial natural gas using waste residue from its two oil refineries and a byproduct is hydrogen. Each island has a infrastructure of artificial natural gas piping. Tapping the main trunk lines to a high capacity fuel pump with a hydrogen only filter ensures a state-wide hydrogen gas infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles.

    For electric vehicle charging infrastructure, state of Hawaii left it to “free market”; passed a law requiring business owners with 100 parking spaces or more must provide at least 1 parking space for electric vehicle charging which could be free or fee for use by business or charging company. One enterprising Hawaii company developed a unique business model to provide free public electric vehicle charging stations based on advertisements to cover cost installing at all Hawaii shopping malls and some businesses.

    Hawaii is looking at adding or changing the way vehicles are taxed to support road infrastructure maintainance due to vastly lower gasoline tax receipts due to HCEI. In Hawaii you have to have your vehicle safety inspected each year ($1.50) which all vehicle mileage is recorded for state sticker. Hawaii is investigating a tax based on road miles driven per year based on recorded milage during annual state safety check in addition to current gasoline tax.

    I am not worried as I just traded my 2014 Toyota Prius 3 hybrid with Photovoltaic (PV) on roof getting 64 mpg driving 6,000 miles per year for a new 2020 Toyota Prius Prime Limited plug-in, EPA/DOT rated 133 mpg with a 640 mile range with a 11.2 gal tank (vehicle has a optional charge mode off engine charging battery to 80% in case you can’t plug-in. Europe and Japan has PV roofs but U.S. has to pass roll over test before adding PV charging battery). My average daily driving is 22 miles a day retired.

  • scottns

    I live 1 mile from the Massachusetts border and 2 miles from the nearest Massachusetts gas station. Do the math RI politicians! You’re just moving gas purchases to Massachusetts and Conecticutt.

    • Guest

      Scott’s, the TCI tax would be separate from the state gasoline tax so as long as you live in RI, MA or CT you would have to pay the additional tax.

      In Hawaii after 1 January 2020 all owners of EV and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will have a $50 surcharge tacked on to their annual $45 registration. The $50 is restricted receipt for transportation road maintenance fund only to make up for what is not paid in gasoline taxes at the pump.