- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Supporters of a Vermont carbon tax say they’ve signed up the owners of more than 200 mostly small business owners who are advocating for the change.

At a news conference on Wednesday, officials from businesses ranging from Ben & Jerry’s to Champlain Orchards to Seventh Generation spoke of the benefits of imposing a tax on carbon emissions and using the money for energy efficiency and for tax cuts elsewhere.

Prospects for a carbon tax look slim this year as the Legislature enters the final six weeks of its 2015 session. But supporters say they’re hoping to build momentum for a push next year.

Meanwhile, Matt Cota of the Vermont Fuel Dealers’ Association says a carbon tax would be a bad idea and would hurt businesses especially along the Connecticut River.

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