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Governor Doyle's Global Warming Task Force to Meet Tuesday, Feb. 5

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  • mtneuman@juno.com
    Lots of new stuff being discussed here that didn t go through public review. For example, below are some interesting recommendations from the Low Income
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 31, 2008
      Lots of new stuff being discussed here that didn't go through public
      review. For example, below are some interesting recommendations from the
      Low Income Group, a group that Global Warming Task Force Co-Chairs Roy
      Thilly and Tia Nelson created last November to explore the impact and
      determine if the impact could be mitigated:

      Recommendations of the Low Income Group:

      � State policy should ensure that low income communities are well served
      by affordable and comprehensive transit systems, both within and between

      � Within larger communities, a true workforce transit system (one that
      allows frequent and easy access to home, work, childcare, school,
      shopping, etc.) must be available to reduce the cost of transportation
      for low income households.

      � Care must be taken to invest both in the expansion of transit systems
      to unserved areas (to encourage those populations to shift modes) and in
      the improvement of existing systems, which are more likely to serve low
      income communities.

      � Fares must remain affordable.

      � Attention must be paid to the source of transit funding, and its impact
      on low income communities. For example, the sales tax is a regressive tax
      with a disproportionate impact on low income families. An income tax, on
      the other hand, is more progressive.

      � Any efforts around transportation demand management and land use
      planning should specifically recognize the needs of low income workers
      and communities.

      � Serious examination needs to be made of how to feasibly expand mass
      transit systems and strategies into rural areas.

      � Strong consideration should be given to funding at increased levels for
      existing models, of growing popularity, which help low income households
      purchase dependable cars for getting to work, etc. At a minimum,
      financial incentives should be provided to these programs to make more
      feasible the purchase of the most efficient vehicles, hybrids and other
      future �green� models.

      � It is critical that the State provide resources and implement an
      allocation system which will provide additional funding to low income
      houses to offset the increased prices in transportation-related
      commodities, such as food and clothing. This can best be done by linking
      increased funding to increased prices, as identified by the CPI or some
      other measurement, and distributing funds through already existing
      distribution systems, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or Electronic
      Benefit System.

      � Anticipating increased food security burdens as a result of
      transportation-related increases in the price of food, the State should
      invest additional resources in food pantries and school meal programs.

      SOURCE: Governor�s Task Force on Global Warming: Low Income Group

      Of course they didn't even bother to mention the alternative proposal
      that the state should provide financial incentives for people who drive
      less (such as low income families), rather than continuing to spend
      billion of public dollars every year on something that's bad for just
      about everyone -- expanded highways and more bridges in the state. But
      you can still read it at the Yahoogroup websites listed below [you have
      to go to the website and click on "Files" in the left hand column of the
      home page].

      Mike Neuman

      Conserve Now - Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental
      Costs by Offering Financial Incentives that Reward Less Driving, Flying
      and Home Energy Use

      ----------- Forwarded Message -------------
      From: "Sayen, Nick W - DNR" <Nick.Sayen@...>
      To: <globalwarming@...>
      Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 18:05:40 -0600
      Subject: Task Force Meeting - February 5, 2008

      Global Warming Task Force Listserv Members-

      This is a reminder that our next overall Task Force meeting will be
      Tuesday, February 5, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

      This month's meeting is scheduled to take place in the Main Conference
      Room at Wisconsin Public Power, Inc., 1425 Corporate Center Drive, Sun
      Prairie. For directions to WPPI, please view the directions page on their
      web site: http://www.wppisys.org/contact_us/default.asp?CategoryID=30.

      The agenda includes: discussion of the Reference Case, discussion of a
      draft interim report and updates from ad-hoc and work groups. A draft
      version of the agenda is available on the 'Meeting Dates & Materials'
      webpage (http://dnr.wi.gov/environmentprotect/gtfgw/meetings.html).

      For more information, or if you need special accommodations to attend
      this meeting, contact Nick Sayen, DNR, at (608) 267-2466 or
      nick.sayen@.... Please continue to visit the Task Force website
      (http://dnr.wi.gov/environmentprotect/gtfgw/) as we update Task Force
      documents, Work Group meetings results and reference documents.

      P Nick Sayen
      Bureau of Air Management
      Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
      (() phone: (608) 267-2466
      (+) e-mail: nick.sayen@...
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