Minnesota Dem Gov Candidate Rebecca Otto Once Again Claims Carbon Tax Is “Not a Tax”

Otto continues to willingly mislead voters.

Per The RGA:

Minnesota DFL gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto has latched on to the Bernie Sanders agenda, backing a regressive tax on carbon and a massive government takeover of healthcare. But Otto continues to willingly mislead voters, once again claiming that her plan to pass a carbon tax is somehow “not a tax.”

In January, Otto first claimed that her carbon tax is not a tax, tweeting, “Probably want to reread the plan. Not a tax.”

And now, at a DFL candidate’s forum in Rochester, Otto once again remarked that her energy tax plan is “not a tax.”

OTTO: “But there’s a twist in that we’re going to put a price on carbon. All that revenue is going to go to Minnesotans — it’s not a tax — in the form of quarterly dividend checks.”

Is Otto telling the truth? Both the media and Otto’s liberal allies correctly note that Otto’s plan represents a tax on hardworking families. CBS Minnesota describes Otto’s plan as “a tax on carbon emissions.” They note that Otto’s plan could raise the cost of a gallon of gas by 20 cents, raise the cost of natural gas by 40%, and raise electricity costs by 5%.

The left-wing Carbon Tax Center describes Otto’s plan as being “centered on a carbon charge that would begin at $40 per metric ton of CO2 and increase by 10% each year.” They call it as a “state-level carbon tax.”

Otto’s claim that her carbon tax is not a tax proves that she will say or do anything to try and mislead Minnesota voters.

CBS Minnesota: Rebecca Otto Going After Sanders Supporters 

Of the six announced DFL candidates, State Auditor Rebecca Otto is making a big play for Bernie Sanders supporters.

In the 2016 presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced a much tougher than expected battle from the left with the candidacy of Sanders.

In Minnesota’s caucuses, Sanders crushed Clinton by almost 30 percentage points. So it’s not a surprise that one DFL candidate for governor is pushing hard for a Sanders-like agenda.

Otto is backing a tax on carbon emissions that supporters say would provide an incentive for companies to curb emissions that contribute to global warming. Critics say that plan would lead to dramatically higher fuel, electricity and natural gas prices.

Previously: 

4 days, 17 hours ago

Virginia Democrats Voted to Allow Schools to Refrain from Reporting Sexual Battery in 2020

Virginia Democrats passed a law allowing schools to refrain from reporting instances of sexual battery, stalking, and other crimes occurring on school property in 2020

5 days, 13 hours ago

Sen. Tim Scott endorses McMaster in South Carolina governor's race

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott didn't endorse a primary candidate in South Carolina's 2018 gubernatorial race, but for 2022, he's offering an early nod to incumbent Republican Gov. Henry McMaster.

6 days, 16 hours ago

Youngkin says education is top issue in Virginia governor race: 'Parents are absolutely angry'

Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday referred to education as the top issue in the state's election

6 days, 19 hours ago

Abbott Completely Bans Vaccine Mandates By Any Employer In Texas

"The Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates."

1 week ago

Gov’s campaign paid $87.5K more to ex-staffer

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign paid an additional $87,500 over the past six months as part of a settlement with a former staff member who had accused her of sexual mistreatment during a 2018 meeting

1 week, 3 days ago

Arizona border just as ‘out of control’ as Texas, Gov. Doug Ducey warns

Border Patrol agents in western Arizona’s Yuma region have encountered 1,038% more suspected illegal immigrants year-over-year.