If the unemployment is so low, it seems that there would be a lot of people
This sounds suspiciously like a tax scheme we have lived with for decades,
namely the municipal franchise tax, which is typically 6% of one's bills
for utility service. As the utility rates go up, so does the tax--like magic.
No muss, no fuss, no hearings, no opportunity to contest it, and nobody even
notices. What could be sweeter? Just a windfall for the municipalities who
rely on it, and they all do. Thank goodness the law caps it at 6%. The only
upside is that it adds an incentive to reduce energy consumption, not only to
reduce your energy bill, but to reduce your tax bill as well. But leave it to
the ingenuity of municipal authorities to figure out how to tax the energy you
generate through those solar panels, as they become more and more ubiquitous.
Kind of like the legislature's parallel effort to tax electric vehicles for
road maintenance expense. They'll get you one way or another.