Title: Endorsement of Carbon Tax Initiative
Sponsor: Dru Tarr
Contact info: [email protected] or 978-325-1427
Platform Committee and possibly Communications Committee
Summary: Committee for a Green Economy has been formed to propagate a ballot initiative to enact a revenue-neutral carbon tax for the state of Massachusetts. This initiative would enact a tax at first point-of-sale on carbon that would gradually increase to a set level over a number of years. Revenues from this tax would be earmarked for research and development, infrastructure improvement, and to offset state income and sales tax reductions.
Carbon taxes are widely supported by economists and economic modeling as a simple, bureaucracy-light way of stemming the emission of a crucial greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. This is an existing, independent movement that party support and party members could have an immediate effect. I urge the State Committee to endorse this initiative and encourage party members to aid in education and passage of this critical first step in stemming climate change.
Financial impact: None immediate. Minimal to moderate if State Committee decides to prioritize this issue as actionable.
Implementation: Press release required. Locals review the initiative and see if they are willing to make material support of this a primary effort in their activities.