Friday’s injunction issued by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania which halts Gov. Tom Wolf’s desire to enroll Pennsylvania in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is welcome news to state Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana).
“From day one of the governor’s one-man crusade, my opposition has been based on a desire to let the 253-member state House and Senate decide the merits of RGGI,” said Struzzi, who authored legislation that would require similar initiatives to go before the state Legislature. “Part of my rationale is the constitutionally supported power to tax that belongs solely to the General Assembly. The court validated my argument in rendering its opinion that RGGI is in fact a tax, something the governor cannot impose on his own.”
The Wolf administration announced plans to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Struzzi believes Commonwealth Court followed the “letter of the law” in rendering its opinion.
“Preventing ‘immediate and irreparable harm that cannot be compensated adequately by money’ is part of the burden of proof placed on the plaintiff in demonstrating the need for an injunction,” Struzzi added. “Those of us who oppose RGGI have claimed all along those residents of Indiana County who stand to lose the most through lost jobs and economic hardship can never be adequately compensated as the administration claims it will do. I’m happy to see the court agree with my opinion.”
Questions about this or any state government issue should be directed to Struzzi’s Indiana district office at 1-724-465-0220.
Representative Jim Struzzi
62nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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