Billionaires and corporations are refusing to pay hundreds of billions of dollars of owed taxes every single year

By Dave Sirota, July 9, 2020 The 1 Percent’s Quarter-Trillion Dollar Tax Cheat: As the social safety net is shredded, new data show that billionaires and corporations are refusing to pay hundreds of billions of dollars of owed taxes every single year. The next time you hear conservative politicians insist they want “law and order,” hate “looting” and believe America …

Effectiveness of CO2-based feebate systems in the European passenger vehicle market: CO2-based vehicle taxation contributes to reductions in new-vehicle emissions rates

ICCT Consultant report 2014.03.28 CambridgeEconometrics_ICCT_feebate_rpt_Nov2013.pdf The ICCT commissioned Cambridge Econometrics to carry out this analysis of the effectiveness of CO2-based vehicle taxation in reducing passenger-transport CO2 emissions. The study sought to identify the extent to which the observed reductions in CO2 emissions rates in the Netherlands and the UK can be attributed to CO2-based vehicle taxation. Econometric techniques were applied to model demand …

No one asks how are we going to pay for war. So, why should we for public transit?

1/16/2020 by Jeremy Mohler In the Public Interest, No one asks how are we going to pay for war. So, why should we for public transit? Tons of positive ink has been spilled about Kansas City, Missouri’s decision last month to make public transit fare-free, and rightly so. The New York Times just published a somewhat rosy article, asking, “Should public transit be free? More …

Colorado ballot measures

You might have heard about Initiative #271, led by Fair Tax Colorado and supported by Together Colorado. Initiative #271 will create a fair tax code that lowers tax rates for 95% of Coloradans and raises taxes on the wealthiest 5%. This is one of our priority issues and will help solve the budget cuts that are coming.  I’m emailing today to ask …

Why Carbon Taxes Are Still in the Mix

Clean Technica, June 14, 2020 Renewables are now competitive with traditional technology for new electricity generating plants. The below chart simplifies data from the 2019 Lazard report by taking the midpoint of the range for each technology: The blue bars above show the total LCOE for each technology. As you can see, utility-scale solar and onshore wind are now cheaper …

POWER OVER THE POLICE: ‘We should demand to be the funders of the police, to permanently and directly determine dollars. Instead of asking those who set police departments’ rules of engagement and goals to make them in a more community-minded fashion, we should demand to be the agenda setters…’

The core problem with policing and incarceration is the same problem that plagues our whole political system: elite capture. The laws, the regulations, the bailouts, and the wonks who write and evaluate all of the above are all powerfully influenced—if not functionally controlled—by elite political and corporate interests. We cannot put our faith in elected representatives and merely vote our way out of this problem: elections are more …

Poverty Amidst Pandemic: A Moral Response to COVID-19

Campaign created byRev. Dr. William Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us into an unprecedented national emergency. This emergency, however, results from a deeper and much longer-term crisis – that of poverty and inequality and of a society that ignores the needs of 140 million people who are poor or a $400 emergency away …

A Wealth Tax Is the Logical Way to Support Coronavirus Relief

The wealthiest 5 percent of American families now hold $57 trillion, or two-thirds of all household wealth in the country (up from about half in 1960). An exemption for the first $2.5 million of household wealth would exclude the bottom 95 percent from paying any tax at all and leave the top 5 percent with total taxable wealth of roughly …

We’ve never been able to afford our car-dominated roads. Coronavirus just reveals how bad the situation has always been

To put it bluntly, in the nearly 70 years since the Federal Highway Act of 1956 gave states a 90-percent discount on a brand new freeway systems of their very own, no state has ever found a reliable way to maintain all that asphalt without extensive federal assistance. We have 50 distinct road-funding structures across 50 states, and no one has found the magic amount to …