This Novemeber 1998 report by David Morris and John Bailey examines the impact of a proposed $1.5 billion ecological tax shift proposal on Minnesota’s agricultural sector. Overall, the net impact is beneficial for Minnesota farmers that are growing crops. On a statewide level, the carbon tax raises costs to farmers by about $59.1 million while the property tax reduction lowers costs by $92 million. The benefit varies by crop and by farm size. Soybean farmers do better than corn farmers, large farmers do better than small farmers. Continue reading
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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Waste Reduction Record-Setters Project fosters development of exceptional waste reduction programs by documenting successful ones. These programs can be used as models for others implementing their own programs to reduce garbage. The Don’t Throw Away That Food information packet below is oriented toward commercial and institutional food discard generators, and… Continue reading
Prepared for the National Recycling Coalition by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, this report discusses recent developments in community and small business financing, identifies barriers and current needs, and outlines steps for linking recycling-based community development and small business financing. Appendices list and survey prominent community development corporations and finance institutions. Download PDF (147 KB) Continue reading
Feature Stories: Owning Your Own Economy, Masters of Our Destiny, Bits Bytes and Community, and Rooting for the Home Team
Place Rules: Good rules make a difference but only if they have muscle, Devolving power, and Traditional road design in the back seat.
TheEconomic Efficiency and Pollution Reduction Act of 1998 completely eliminates school district’s general education property tax levy and finances it at the state level through a tax on pollution. Continue reading
Community ownership of professional sports teams is an idea with decades of successful experience. The Green Bay Packers have been operating as a nonprofit corporation since 1923, during which time they have won three world championships and three Super Bowls, and have recently financed two stadium upgrades from retained earnings. Their ownership structure has generated unprecedented fan support while maintaining the fiscal discipline exhibited by corporations. This report by David Morris and Daniel Kraker takes a closer look at the issues surrounding community owned sports. Continue reading
This report examines major solid waste issues facing the nation’s capital and offers recommendations for making ecologically sound and cost-effective improvements that build community and entrepreneuralism. The report includes recommendations on recycling, trash collection routes and vehicles, waste transfer stations, and retraining city workers. by Neil Seldman Download PDF File (2.52 MB) Continue reading
Market economies work best when they rely on accurate prices. Yet many of the prices we pay do not reflect the full costs of producing, using and disposing the goods we consume. The most important example of this mismatch may occur in the transportation sector. The price we pay at the pump for gasoline and… Continue reading
This March 1997 report by John Bailey and David Morris examines how the proposed $1.5 billion tax shift in Minnesota would impact low income households and offers ways to mitigate the net effect of the tax shift on these households. The Energy Efficiency and Pollution Reduction Act (EEPRA) is a revenue neutral measure proposed in Minnesota to increase energy taxes by $1.5 billion and to reduce existing taxes on labor or income by an equal amount.
This February 1997 report by David Morris, Alyson Schiller, and John Bailey examines the impact of the proposed Economic Efficiency and Pollution Reduction Act (EEPRA). The bill’s introduction in the 1996 Minnesota State Legislature prompted a discussion about its impact on Minnesota businesses. This report addresses this question. It does so by assessing the net impact of several types of tax shifts on 23 Minnesota businesses, ranging from neighborhood coffee shops to equipment manufacturers and farmers and paper mills.
EEPRA imposes a tax on all fossil fuels and nuclear energy and reduces taxes on property and work. The tax in the form of a $50 fee per ton of carbon burned would raise $1.5 billion a year.
This report profiles six model reuse operations and seven programs that collect reusable goods from households. Each profile documents materials handled, marketing information, process and equipment utilized, costs, and replicability. The report also details job creation and other community benefits of reuse. View Introduction by Brenda Platt ISBN 0-917582-95-0, LC 97-1338 Download PDF File (8.92 MB) Continue reading
Because computers become obsolete so swiftly, they are often discarded with many or all working components. This report provides contact information on 150 computer recovery facilities as well as in-depth profiles of the operating experiences of 13 that focus on computer reuse. Operations profiled are all replicable and many are interested in starting similar enterprises… Continue reading
By documenting 10 programs that collect discarded textiles from households, this reports shows how to integrate textiles into existing recycling programs. Key tips for replication (such as partnering with local charities) are highlighted. Appendices provide sample outreach materials and list companies accepting municipal textiles. by Brenda Platt ISBN 0-917582-93-4, LC 97-3520 Download PDF (17.7 MB) Continue reading
While pallet repair businesses are becoming more common, many pallets are still discarded without repair or salvage. This report lists 31 pallet reuse businesses interested in expanding, and documents jobs through pallet recovery. Profiles of five enterprises detail sources of pallets, repair equipment and process, and more. An appendix lists 193 pallet recovery facilities. View Introduction… Continue reading
This report, for the Mercer Citizens for Public Accountability, helped defeat the Mercer County (NJ) waste incinerator. It includes a discussion of other incinerators that have fallen far short of their developer, consultant, and government expectations. by Brenda Platt Download PDF File Continue reading