By the 1980s, the impact of environmental regulation in the United States started to bear fruit. We saw the GDP grow and the absolute levels of pollution start to decrease. For the most part, those trends have continued ever since. We have learned that we can grow our economy without destroying our natural resources.
To cite this 1-to-7 ratio as a definitive impact of the White House’s proposal on early education programs is a stretch, and lacks significant context. For example, the 2014 Head Start report found “there is no indication” that high- or low-quality Head Start “in any dimension leads to program impacts lasting into third grade.”
Among other things, the McIntire plan would institute a 5 percent personal-income tax with some exemptions, eliminate the state property tax and reduce business taxes. McIntire argued that an overhaul is necessary because the state’s current tax structure has caused the tax base to shrink over the past few decades. A Constitutional amendment would also establish a three-fifths majority-vote requirement in the Legislature to change taxes.
The 2015 legislative session is scheduled to end next week, but without any signs of progress on the budget, it’s tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The real deadline for a grand bargain is not the April 26th, but July 1st, which is when the state government will partially shut