Say NO! to the push by liberal lawmakers to enact California’s stealth gas tax in Minnesota this session

Governor Tim Walz and his liberal allies in the legislature are proposing a new stealth gas tax that will be worse than California’s crazy low-carbon fuel standards. The Walz administration first sought to enact this policy in 2022, but since that time, liberal lawmakers in St. Paul have introduced a new, more extreme version of this proposal, rebranded as a “Clean Transportation Standard,” or CTS.

This proposed legislation will make Minnesota’s mandates the most extreme and most expensive in the country, surpassing California, Oregon, and Washington. American Experiment has labeled this proposal the California Transportation Standard (CTS).

According to a soon-to-be-released report by American Experiment, Minnesota families and businesses would be forced to pay an additional 39 to 45 cents per gallon by 2030 as a result of these extreme new mandates, which are designed to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in Minnesota’s fuel mix.

Increasing the cost of gasoline between 39 and 45 cents per gallon would result in an additional cost of $350 to $476 per year in gasoline costs for the average household, but rural families will be disproportionately harmed by a CTS because residents of Greater Minnesota drive further to get to work, the grocery store, or to go to the doctor’s office than those living in more urban and suburban areas.

The map below shows the average cost of the CTS per household for each Minnesota county, demonstrating that remote counties will pay the most under this stealth gas tax while households in Metro counties would, as a rule, pay the least.

On average, households in Ramsey, Carver, and Hennepin counties would pay less than $375 per household under a CTS. Families in Jackson and Wilkin counties would pay $1,150 more in 2030 as a result of these regulations.

The administration’s pursuit of this California policy is shockingly out of touch with the needs of Minnesota families who are already paying $13,000 more than they were in 2021 to maintain the same standard of living. Lawmakers should not artificially increase the cost of energy for Minnesota residents who are already struggling to put food on their tables.

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