Urge your state officials to pass an equitable bill to cut pollution and invest in Connecticut’s most disproportionately impacted communities!

For years, the Lamont administration has collaborated with states across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic through the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) to develop a regional transportation program that would cap emissions and invest in clean transportation solutions.

On December 21, 2020, Governor Lamont committed to join this program by signing a regional MOU. Then, on February 10, 2021 he released a bill, SB 884: An Act Reducing Transportation-Related Carbon Emissions, to enable Connecticut to formally adopt the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P). 

If Connecticut implements the program, it could raise up to $89 million in the first year alone for a more just and zero emission transportation system. However, stronger equity guardrails are needed to ensure the program benefits Connecticut residents who have been hit hardest by poverty, pollution, and COVID-19. 

That’s why we’re calling on key decision-makers to amend SB 884 to increase investments toward disproportionately impacted communities, address pollution disparities, incorporate fair labor standards, and support meaningful community decision-making. 

Sign this petition today to advance pollution reduction, economic opportunity, and transportation access for communities who need it the most in Connecticut!

 

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Dear Connecticut Representatives,

Through SB 884, An Act Reducing Transportation-Related Carbon Emissions, we have the opportunity to invest in an affordable, just, zero emission transportation system to support an inclusive economic recovery for those hit hardest by poverty, pollution, and the COVID-19 crisis.

Community based organizations are working with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation on amended language in the hopes of presenting shared recommendations to the committee. As a concerned CT resident, I urge you to amend SB 884 in the following ways to ensure disproportionately impacted communities have a meaningful say in shaping the program and benefit equitably from investments:

  1. Explicitly guarantee localized emission reductions in pollution-burdened communities.
  2. Incorporate fair labor standards, workforce development programs, and diverse hiring and contracting to ensure access to quality jobs.
  3. Require that the equity advisory body have clear responsibilities and significant agency to shape the program. 
  4. Provide equity advisory board members with adequate compensation and technical assistance to increase accessibility.

Connecticut must lead the region in its commitment to adopting a more equitable Transportation and Climate Initiative Program. By prioritizing the needs and voices of disproportionately impacted communities, we can build a stronger and healthier transportation system for all.

Thank you for your leadership on this critical issue.

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