WESTFIELD – Westfield City Councilor Dan Allie filed a resolution opposing TCI, the Transportation and Climate Initiative.
“First, Governor Baker ignored the democratic process when he attempted to bypass our legislators voting on it and led a “league of states” to implement this carbon tax scheme. As that effort is falling apart, the state senate is taking up a series of three bills S.2476, S.2477 and S.2478, that together form a climate change package that will drastically increase regulations on how people live their daily lives,” said Allie.
“The state needs to put more resources toward roads and infrastructure, but this is not the way to go. These bills need to be opposed. All taxes must originate in the House. Our state legislators need to hear from us now. This is the type of resolution that Don Humason supported as a State Senator. “As our neighboring states New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut back away from Governor Baker’s Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), Massachusetts stands to lose revenue from sales and income tax.”
No longer a regional initiative, the additional 17 cents on a gallon of gas will have an adverse effect on gas and retail sales at convenience stores and small businesses in all of our bordering towns. It will not just be the sale of gasoline affected as consumer and driver’s behavior and shopping patterns shift. It will affect Lottery tickets, cigarettes, restaurant, grocery and other retail sales.
Massachusetts is already at a competitive disadvantage as a high cost of living and business state, in other sectors such as housing, manufacturing and construction. We only make matters worse for small business owners, working people and seniors by driving up costs.
Allie said this country was built on cheap energy.
“While we all want clean air and water, this carbon tax is not the way to go, and is similar to the Cap and Trade scheme proposed at the 2010 United Nations Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, it would create a huge fund and a tax on energy through cap and trade, not subject to any voters or body politic. No vote, little discussion and only half the money going to road projects. What could possibly go wrong?” he said.
These bills: S.2476, S.2477 and S.2478, together would drastically increase regulations on how you live your daily life, determining what dishwasher you can have to what shower head you use. Additionally, they tax you on necessities such as driving your vehicle, and heating your home. This package would raise prices on everything.
(S 2476) continues taxpayer-funded subsidies for electric vehicles (EV’s,) increases the requirement for EV charging stations in parking lots with more than 10 spaces as well as all commercial and residential lots. It will also require all taxpayer-funded state vehicles to change to expensive zero emissions vehicles by certain dates.
(S 2477) is a straight Carbon Tax that will increase the cost of living exponentially. It establishes net-neutral greenhouse gas emissions standards by 2050. It accomplishes this by taxing CO2 emissions related to electric power, transportation, commercial and industrial heating and cooling, residential heating and cooling, industrial processes, solid waste, agriculture and natural gas distribution and service. This simply means you will pay more for electricity, gas, heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, trash disposal, food, and any other goods and services that uses any of these things to be made for you or to get to you.
(S 2478) Substantially expands the Massachusetts Appliance Efficiency Standards Act to increase regulations on a wider variety of consumer and commercial products. It requires cooking appliances, air ventilation systems, and lamps to meet federal Energy Star guidelines. It adopts California energy regulations for computers and computer monitors. It establishes specific flow volumes required for plumbing fixtures, including shower heads, faucets, toilets, and urinals. It sets an effective date of January 1, 2022, after which products covered in this act must meet their new regulations in order to be sold or installed in Massachusetts, and it maintains existing federal water and energy efficiency requirements in Massachusetts in the event they are withdrawn or repealed.
WESTFIELD – City Councilor Dan Allie announced he is seeking the Westfield state representative seat.
Allie, chairman of the Westfield Republican Committee, made the announcement at the Feb. 15 Lincoln Day Brunch at East Mountain Country Club that he has pulled nomination papers for the November election.
The seat became open with the election of John Velis to the State Senate. “I’ve enjoyed serving the people of Westfield as a city councilor,“ Allie said, adding that he’s worked hard to listen to the concerns of residents. Allie is currently serving his fourth term as city councilor.
“A lot of issues that we deal with locally are affected by what goes on at the state level, and I would like to have the opportunity to do that as well,” he said.
Allie is a graphic designer, and Internet Sales Manager at Tiger Press in East Longmeadow.
WESTFIELD – Over 160 people gathered at East Mountain Country Club Feb. 15 to honor five Westfield veterans at the Lincoln Day Brunch hosted by the Westfield Republican Committee.
Local veteran’s organizations nominated the veterans honored at the event, and City Councilor Dan Allie, chair of the Westfield Republican Committee, presented the awards.
Allie presented the Veteran of the Year award to World War II and Pearl Harbor veteran Richard Trusty, and Mayor Donald F. Humason, Jr. proclaimed Feb. 15, 2020 as Richard Trusty Day. Trusty was nominated by American Legion Post 454.
A video honoring the service of Petty Officer Trusty and remembering Pearl Harbor Survivor Robert Greenleaf, produced by Dan Allie and Peter Cowles and narrated by Christian Lent was shown. Trusty was also presented with a citation from the mayor, restored personal photographs from his service, and an American flag from the Westfield Purple Heart Foundation.
Also honored were Cindy Lacoste, US Navy, Gulf War, nominated by American Legion Post 124; Ron Queipo, US Air Force, Vietnam, nominated by Vietnam Veterans Chapter 219; Allan Ardito, US Marine Corps; nominated by Marine Corps League and Paul Nimchick, Jr., US Army, Vietnam, nominated by the American Legion Post 124. Barry Plumley and the officers of American Legion Post 124 accepted the award for Nimchick, who was unable to attend the event.
“I’d like to thank everybody that came and all of the veteran’s organizations that made the day possible. I’d also like to thank Peter Cowles for his work on the video,” Allie said following the event.
Allie said the Lincoln Day brunch is always focused on the community, and he said this year it was “a remarkable experience” getting to know the veterans, hearing their stories, and being able to honor them.
“Everything else they do, they’re doing all the work,” Allie, a U.S. Army veteran, said about the veterans who were honored.