Commonwealth Court Rules Against PA Joining RGGI, Bartolotta Says

HARRISBURG – Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46) applauds the Commonwealth Court ruling against imposing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) energy tax, which would have raised Pennsylvanians’ electricity bills.

The ruling supported the Senate Republican perspective that RGGI is a tax on energy, saying: “Stated simply, to pass constitutional muster, the Commonwealth’s participation in RGGI may only be achieved through legislation duly enacted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.”

“I am exceedingly grateful that the court defended the Pennsylvania Constitution and shot down the executive branch’s plan to add a tax – especially at a time when so many people are already impacted by rising prices to put food on the table and gas in the car,” Bartolotta said. “The ruling sends the message that unilateral governing will not be tolerated. It’s a true win for all commonwealth residents.”

Senate Republicans continue to focus on efforts to ensure there is sufficient power to meet the demands of customers while avoiding risks of blackouts, restrictions on energy usage and increased prices.


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