RGGI Cap & Trade Scheme In Crosshairs At Brooklyn Taxpayer Action Town Hall
AFP ventured into Bay Ridge, Brooklyn last night for a one-off Taxpayer Action Town Hall event. Senior fellow Steve Lonegan delivered an address on economic freedom while also calling attention to the unlawful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Cap & Trade electricity tax being levied on New York ratepayers.
Mark Smith, attorney at Smith Valliere PPLC, discussed the ongoing legal challenge to New York’s participation in RGGI which is expected to be heard in an appellate court by this September. (Click to see video of announcement of lawsuit in 2011)
Back in 2005, then New York Gov. George Pataki signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signaling the Empire State’s intent to join to RGGI scheme along with nine other northeast states. Yet, the New York State Legislature never voted on legislation authorizing the state’s entry into RGGI or approving of the electricity tax.
Today, one of the core principles of our democratic system — the concept of taxation without representation – has been violated wholesale as elected representatives in Albany have abdicated their responsibility and instead given the governor the power to tax by fiat.
AFP thanks the many Brooklyn taxpayers who came out to fight for economic freedom! See below for pictures of last night’s event.