BOSTON, Mass. (Dec. 21, 2020) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which represents thousands of small businesses in the state, issued the following statement from NFIB State Director Christopher Carlozzi in response to Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that Massachusetts will join the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI).
“The same small businesses that have faced shutdowns, countless restrictions, new regulations, and capacity limits will now face higher fuel costs due to Massachusetts joining the TCI. Restaurants require fuel to deliver food orders, plumbers and electricians must drive to job sites, construction companies utilize fuels to operate their equipment, and now TCI will make it more expensive to run these types of small businesses.
“Higher fuel costs as a result of TCI will not just impact struggling small businesses attempting to grow jobs and rebuild the shattered Massachusetts economy, it will hurt the wallets of workers who must commute to their jobs in vehicles every day.”