Denver City Council approves 0.25% sales tax increase, sending it to November ballot Cash from the increase would, if approved by voters, be dedicated to Denver’s renewable energy goals over the coming decades By CONRAD SWANSON | cswanson@denverpost.com | The Denver Post August 3, 2020 Denver City Council passed a measure to the November ballot Monday which would increase the city’s sales tax rate …

On The Illegitimacy Of Wealth And Why It Must Be Recuperated

Excerpt, July 2020, full article below The leak of the Panama Papers in early 2016 showed what many of us have known all along – that wealthy individuals have not only built massive personal fortunes through illegitimate means, but that they have also constructed elaborate “asset management” schemes which allow them to hide their money, avoid paying taxes, and hoard …

The fight for free public transit

Transit has not been sufficient to seriously shrink hyperautomobility in ‘advanced’ capitalism. Next to some steps discussed further below, measures to restrict car traffic will be necessary. Among these: phasing out car-related subsidies; severely restricting parking; stopping greenfield road expansion; giving transit, cyclists and pedestrians systematic priorities on existing roads; make planning approvals for all development contingent upon transit access; …

Start with cancelling student debt and making public colleges free: $3 or $4 dollar return on each dollar invested

We’ve seen a lot of progressive candidates build policies around free college. But it’s not just a progressive idea. The Republican-led government of the state of Tennessee created the Tennessee Promise, a program that makes certain schools free to attend for Tennessee residents. This is because for every dollar that a state spends on higher education, they get a 3 …

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 …