It’s Now Up to the General Assembly to Stop Higher Electric Bills

Sep 8, 2021

The “buck stops” at the General Assembly as our last chance at stopping higher electric bills. For over two years, CAP has exposed Governor Wolf’s carbon tax scheme that is nothing more than tax increases wrapped in empty green energy promises.

In July, the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) recommended that the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) delay approval of regulations that would lead to higher electric bills for consumers, siding with the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania. At the beginning of September, the IRRC ignored this request (siding with the tax hikers) and approved regulations to enroll the Commonwealth into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

The more urgent matter is stopping Pennsylvania from entering RGGI. The General Assembly can prevent the RGGI regulations from taking effect by passing a “concurrent” resolution in the House and Senate. The Governor can, and will, veto the concurrent resolution. Therefore, the resolution must pass with veto-proof majorities. Although garnering a two-thirds majority in each chamber sounds daunting, in that case, it is quite possible.

In mid-June, the Senate passed legislation with a veto-proof majority that would have prevented the Governor from using imposing a carbon tax. The House didn’t vote on the bill before breaking for the summer. Due to pressure from constituents and organized labor, it is possible that the legislation would pass the House with a large enough majority to overcome a veto.

There is a real possibility that the House and Senate concurrent resolutions pass with veto-proof majorities. To make that happen, the General Assembly needs to hear from you: “No more tax hikes.” Please, use the link below to contact your Representative and Senator.