|This is a real agenda!|
(in contrast to the Public Transit Task Force's, for example)
They are starting with member poll about preferences on revenue sources to investigate further.
|An initial poll to rank prospective sources|
Structured as a preference, as the politically popular, or as what the most powerful and wealthy special interests will tolerate, in new fees and taxes we will almost certainly get misaligned incentives and less efficient or less just outcomes.
|Just before the gas tax of 1919,|
in October 1918 bonding was considered
|2 pages on a local gas tax|
Transitional changes are already underway in many systems but limiting warming to 1.5°C would require a rapid escalation in the scale and pace of transition, particularly in the next 10-20 years. While limiting warming to 1.5°C would involve many of the same types of transitions as limiting warming to 2°C, the pace of change would need to be much faster. While the pace of change that would be required to limit warming to 1.5°C can be found in the past, there is no historical precedent for the scale of the necessary transitions, in particular in a socially and economically sustainable way. Resolving such speed and scale issues would require people’s support, public-sector interventions and private-sector cooperation. [italics added]And new Nobel Laureate economist William Nordhaus, whose work has focused on climate disruption, said
The policies are lagging very, very far — miles, miles, miles behind the science and what needs to be done. It’s hard to be optimistic. And we’re actually going backward in the United States....
|At the end, talk of congestion|
Moreover, if we want to think about "sustainability," we need to fold maintenance and replacement costs into the way we consider initial capital costs. A fiscally sustainable project will also envision the end of a project's first lifecycle and its transition to a second one.
In areas of your special interest you might see similar problems with other potential revenue sources. There is a good-sized list of prospective ones, and probably an equally sized list of misalignments.
Altogether the inception of this Task Force is oriented too much toward a set of ad hoc solutions and not to an integrated, values-driven approach. This makes a package more likely to be incoherent and unjust.
Addendum, October 28th
The agenda for the next meeting on the 30th is out. There are no additional materials published with it, and there does not seem to be much to say for the moment. Maybe it'll generate another post, or maybe not until the next meeting. At any rate, here are the top 7 ideas, and they seem uncoordinated with any policy considerations. But a gas tax made the cut!
|October 30th agenda|