Navigation Links
Pollution tax rebates little help for low-income workers
Date:2/22/2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Although policymakers believe the regressiveness of pollution taxes can be offset by returning revenue to the low paid through a reduced labor tax, that approach may not work, and also could have the unintended consequence of shrinking some workers' overall real net wages, according to research by a University of Illinois energy policy expert.

Don Fullerton, a finance professor and former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, says that using revenue from pollution taxes to lessen its regressiveness on low-wage workers is not enough to offset higher commodity prices and shrunken real wages that would result from such a tax.

"Revenue from a carbon tax would certainly help, but it wouldn't be enough to protect low-wage households from any harm," said Fullerton, a researcher in the U. of I. Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Center for Business and Public Policy in the College of Business. "A carbon tax is going to have costs, and while we might be able to play with the distributional burden of the costs, it's hard to protect low-income workers completely. There may just not be enough money to help them out."

Any sort of carbon tax, cap-and-trade or carbon pricing is likely to raise the price of commodities consumed by low-income people an undesirable effect that lawmakers are aware of, Fullerton said.

Although the cap-and-trade bill that passed the House is now dead, lawmakers wrote the bill with an eye toward helping low-income households purchase electricity.

"I think policymakers in general recognize that it's going to have regressive effects when the prices of electricity, gasoline and heating fuel go up, because these goods make up a big fraction of low-income budgets," said Fullerton, an expert on the economic impact of environmental regulations. "That's why these types of tax rebate proposals are floated, to make a pollution tax or a carbon tax more politi
'/>"/>

Contact: Phil Ciciora
pciciora@illinois.edu
217-333-2177
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. University of Miami scientists find new way to estimate global rainfall and track ocean pollution
2. Morning-after spike in ozone air pollution from Super Bowl XLV?
3. Findings on pollution damage to human airways could yield new therapies
4. Dodds contributes to new national study on nitrogen water pollution
5. Virginia Tech engineer identifies new concerns for antibiotic resistance, pollution
6. Plants play larger role than thought in cleaning up air pollution
7. Sediment pollution should be included in water quality assessment
8. National study finds strong link between diabetes and air pollution
9. Pollution takes its toll on the heart
10. Satellite data reveal seasonal pollution changes over India
11. UM advanced bio-filtration system promises less Chesapeake pollution
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Pollution tax rebates little help for low-income workers
(Date:9/30/2014)... of tourists visit the Mediterranean each year, but ... underway on Earth. Almost 1,000 alien species, including ... other seas through human activities. In the open-access ... multinational team of researchers analyzed data from a ... to show how the introduction of alien species ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Diego, have completed the first comprehensive numerical simulation of ... pixels in an image as data points for the ... researchers, led by J.S. Chen, the William Prager Professor ... at UC San Diego, presented their findings on the ... Pittsburgh this month. Chen also gave a keynote speech ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... most comprehensive assessment conducted by the Ocean Health ... of 100 in overall health. In addition, for ... and the 15 ocean regions beyond national jurisdiction ... a healthy climate, safeguarding biodiversity and providing sustainable ... of the index, a partnership led by scientists ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Biodiversity in the Mediterranean is threatened by alien species 2First comprehensive meshfree numerical simulation of skeletal muscle tissue achieved 2Rating the planet's oceans 2Rating the planet's oceans 3
... by global warming, habitat loss, and other human impacts. ... functioning of ecosystems that humans depend on for goods and ... their primary functions with fewer species in them? After ... Earth, are scientists any closer to attaining these answers? ...
... Maps are great for showing where things are. ... Two Michigan State University professors have developed interactive maps ... By using GIS (geographic information systems) technology, they are ... losing access to fresh produce and balanced nutrition. ...
... Nottingham have joined forces with colleagues at Loughborough University and ... keep the mould at bay for longer. Cold plasma ... from wounds safely. It was a chance discovery that led ... cold plasma might also be useful in the food sector. ...
Cached Biology News:Will loss of plant diversity compromise Earth's life-support systems? 2Will loss of plant diversity compromise Earth's life-support systems? 3Will loss of plant diversity compromise Earth's life-support systems? 4Will loss of plant diversity compromise Earth's life-support systems? 5Mapping food deserts 2Keeping soft fruit 'fur-free' for longer 2
(Date:10/1/2014)... 30, 2014 New applications of structures ... have evolved in nature over millennia are featured in ... for applications in biophotonics in the October issue ... journal is published by SPIE, the international society for ... of the peer-reviewed articles are accessible via open access. ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded ... as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College ... by the Department of Labor and Department of Education. ... E. Perez and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced ... to nearly 270 colleges across the country. , ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... D.C., September 30, 2014 Applying a well-known ... researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated the ability ... -- work that holds promise for making future, ... detailing the sides of next-gen rocket ships and ... light passes through oil in water, it becomes ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Sept. 30, 2014 Report Details ... highest potential revenues Do you want to find ... you revenue predictions for those biological drugs from ... you find financial data, R&D trends, opportunities and ... sales forecasts to 2024 at overall world market, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Biomimetic and bioinspired materials enable new healthcare options, reports Journal of Biomedical Optics 2Biomimetic and bioinspired materials enable new healthcare options, reports Journal of Biomedical Optics 3U.S. Dept. of Labor Awards SIUE Nearly $10-Million Grant 2U.S. Dept. of Labor Awards SIUE Nearly $10-Million Grant 3U.S. Dept. of Labor Awards SIUE Nearly $10-Million Grant 4Taking thin films to the extreme 2Biosimilars and Follow-On Biologics: World Industry and Market Prospects 2014-2024 2Biosimilars and Follow-On Biologics: World Industry and Market Prospects 2014-2024 3Biosimilars and Follow-On Biologics: World Industry and Market Prospects 2014-2024 4Biosimilars and Follow-On Biologics: World Industry and Market Prospects 2014-2024 5
...  Dyadic International, Inc. (OTC Pink: DYAI), a global biotechnology ... results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012 ... will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110621/CL06708LOGO ) Those wishing to ...
... announced today the launch and immediate availability of the GS GType ... variation detection in four key human genes using the company,s ... sequence-based assays offer a new solution for cancer researchers investigating the ... RUNX1 genes, which are known to be associated with ...
... research team this week will present findings that they ... and breast cancer. "Cells have different ... chemical name for alcohol, that represent a potential risk ... pharmacology and toxicology at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado ...
Cached Biology Technology:Roche Launches 454 Sequencing Assays for High Sensitivity Genetic Variant Detection in Leukemia Samples to Drive Blood Cancer Research Worldwide 2Roche Launches 454 Sequencing Assays for High Sensitivity Genetic Variant Detection in Leukemia Samples to Drive Blood Cancer Research Worldwide 3Researchers Find Potential Link Between Drinking Alcohol And Breast Cancer 2Researchers Find Potential Link Between Drinking Alcohol And Breast Cancer 3
... On-Demand Cytometry The Guava ... blue laser based multiparameter cytometer with built-in ... you can screen plates of cells and ... of manipulating multiple tubes or having the ...
A flexible 24-48 hour DNA sequencing service. Samples may be shipped in standard 1.5mL tubes. Oligo synthesis and DNA preparation available. Read lengths up to 850 Phred 20 bases. Universal primers p...
... Agencourt offers single pass sequencing of ... is fueled by our high performance ... million Phred20 bases per day. The ... pass sequencing customers are rapid turnaround, ...
... Facility , Galaxy LIMS, Sophisticated Bioinformatics , ... scientists ,We offer individual sample sequencing of ... for single or double strand publication quality. ... DNA of interest is 1.3 to 7 ...
Biology Products: