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Tax Gas

A gas tax would be the single most useful policy intervention to support a green economy. As articulated by Thomas Friedman: http://ow.ly/qevz

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Tax Tall People

Researchers show tall people earn more than short people. This isn't fair. Tall people should therefore be taxed at a higher rate. A NYTimes "best idea 2007" idea. http://bit.ly/5tGWle

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Tax Soda

A penny per ounce tax on soda will cut obesity, decrease medical problems, and pay for better school lunches. Nice NY Times review http://nyti.ms/8YTX6y

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Adjust Tax Rates Annually In Response to Changing Inequality

If inequality in America changes in a given year (either increases or decreases), adjust the tax rates accordingly. NYTimes "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/61XCMj

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Energy

Tax Carbon - once you figure out how

Carbon taxes would give a huge boost to clean energy and the environment. They are hard to implement, however. Economists debate best policy / Washington Post http://wapo.st/X6T5kW

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Eliminate Tips

Tipping in restaurants doesn't improve service and can be both unfair and discriminatory. Many top restaurants in the US are eliminating tips. NY Times http://nyti.ms/1dN0oeD

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Global Development

Focus on Equity, Not Just Global Development

The Center for Global Development's Commitment to Equity (CEQ) Project" considers developing country policies with respect to equity, not just development. http://bit.ly/1l6Ycj1

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Avoid Taxes Through Subsidiaries

US Corporations set up subsidiaries in low tax countries. They declare their costs in high-tax environments and earnings in low-cost environments, minimizing taxes. In 2009 GE earned over $10 billion but paid no US taxes. Forbes: http://bit.ly/aoO38y

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Educate on Distribution of Wealth

Americans have no idea how wealth is really distributed in the US. If they did, we'd have different policies in place. Harvard Magazine research: http://bit.ly/1bWWUiM

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Government

Let Starving Artists Pay Taxes With Art

Mexico accepts pieces of art as payment for taxes. The Atlantic http://bit.ly/1lPWZfO

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Increase Tax Receipts Through Guilt

Behavioral economists in England have found that telling tax laggards that "they are in the minority in not paying taxes" increased payment by 5%. Economist http://econ.st/1kivFbh

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Progressive spending matters more than progressive taxation

Income inequality is more effectively addressed through progressive spending than progressive taxation. NY Times http://nyti.ms/1wakbJU

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