New England states mull regional gas fees after NH rejection

A regional anti-climate change compact backed by Gov. Charlie Baker — predicted to jack up gas prices by up to 17 cents in just the first year — is still being reviewed by officials in other states after New Hampshire quickly rejected it.

The remaining 10 Atlantic Seaboard states and the District of Columbia that have been involved in negations around the Transportation Climate Initiative are reviewing a draft memorandum of understanding that was released Tuesday. The multi-state compact is intended to reduce carbon emissions and raise money for transportation projects by driving up gas prices.

A spokeswoman for Vermont Gov. Phil Scott told the Herald the Green Mountain State is “reviewing and analyzing the draft MOU in full, so it’s too early to weigh in at this point.”

New Jersey “has not committed to implementing the program,” according to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont indicated the same publicly Wednesday.