George Brauchler: Make Electric Cars More Expensive!

We’re not making that up–flagging GOP gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler really Tweeted his support for making electric cars cost more, qualifier-free–a strange campaign plank to say the least:

Why on earth would you say something like this? The CNET article Brauchler links to explains:

Right now, buyers of electrified vehicles might be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. But that could change — and fast — if a new tax bill becomes law.

A new bill proposed by House Republicans could eliminate the federal electric tax credit without any sort of drawdown period, Bloomberg reports. While the credits won’t disappear tomorrow, they might be eliminated after the 2017 tax year if this bill becomes law.

If killing the electric vehicle tax credit sounds like a good idea to you, you most likely work for the fossil fuel industry. For just about everyone else, tax credits to encourage the purchase of zero-emission electric vehicles are a no-brainer. Here in Colorado, we’ve gone even further to help consumers take advantage of these credits at the time of sale rather than having to wait until their next tax filing–which has proven very popular with both car dealers and car buyers.

We assume that’s what Brauchler is complaining about. Shame on you, electric car buyers!

This fumbled talking point is obviously meant to appeal to the oil and gas industry as Brauchler’s campaign continues to struggle. Unfortunately for Brauchler, Walker Stapleton has already locked down the “I’m running to serve the oil and gas industry” slot in this primary. If Brauchler wants to demonstrate he can be a better shill for the industry, he really needs to work on his delivery.

“Vote Brauchler to pay more!” It’s not a winning slogan, folks.

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  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    Picture it, January 2019….

    Governor Broccoli addresses the legislature and asks for a hefty tax on EV's. house and Senate minority leaders Patrick Neville and Tim Neville scratch their heads. Will Democrats vote to put a tax increase on EV's in the ballot per TABOR? 

    Can't wait to see how Moderatus squares this circle…

  2. unnamed says:

    Broccoli:  Please Andarko.   Forget about Walker.  Give me some of that sweet sweet cash and I'll give you what you want.

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    The Republican EV tax-credit phobia would disappear overnight if Tesla would just introduce a new $40,000,000 luxury model.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      Why would that happen?

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        It’s the American way: . . . 

        1.  Ultra-wealthy people would be buying them faster than you can say “private yacht” or “lear jet” (mostly because only ultra-wealthy people could afford them).

        2.  Ultra-wealthy people would demand tax credits and lower taxes (that is their birthright as ultra-wealthy people).

        3.  The Republican Party only exists to serve the desires of the ultra-wealthy.  Republican legislators would be falling all over themselves to hand out tax credits and cuts (that mostly benefit the ultra-wealthy).

  4. DavieDavie says:

    This is the GOP's idea of an efficient vehicle worth giving taxpayer subsidy dollars.

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