This proposal would: -repealing the state portion of the property tax (about 1/4 of the total property tax) -replacing the lost revenue with a carbon tax starting at $30-$50 per ton of CO2 (equivalent to $0.30-$0.50 per gallon of gasoline) -dedicating leftover revenue to offsetting impacts on low-income households; reducing the B&O (business) tax; increasing funding for K-12 math/science education; and/or funding ...more »
Mandate a percentage of source reduction and recycling for all industrial and commercial businesses; reward those who demonstrate increased activity in both and fine those who do not. The savings (and benefits) of forcing "green" behavior of corporations in Washington State had long-reaching ramifications that include reduction of production costs, disposal costs, as well as benefiting all aspects of the local environment. ...more »
My suggestion is to work towards all babies being breastfed from the start. Breastfeeding is more economical and environmental than formula feeding. There are also scores of studies that are still documenting the long term health (and social) benefits of breastfeeding.
Every government building should have a green roof - this will not only be a beautification project, but can also significantly cut down on energy usage. From the Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_roof) entry: -Reduce heating (by adding mass and thermal resistance value) -Reduce heat loss and energy consumption in winter conditions. -Reduce cooling (by evaporative cooling) loads on a building by fifty to ...more »
Drop textbooks completely from K thru college. Give every child their own laptop, like the laptops from One Laptop Per Child (http://laptop.org) and use cloud computing & the internet. They could be Ipads, laptops, netbooks - anything that they can access the internest with. Set up a partnership with ereader companies (eg Amazon, B&N etc) so that any textbooks needed can be accessed in e-format. Every 3 years, the ...more »