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To the editor:

Under the Trump administration our air is getting dirtier, reversing recent trends.

Utahns care about the air we breathe but what can individuals do? One thing is to support groups lobbying the Utah Legislature for action. Support a grassroots effort to put a clean-air-and-climate measure on the 2020 ballot.

The Clean the Darn Air ballot measure www.CleanTheDarnAir.org will provide the full $100 million that Gov. Herbert requested for air quality investments. The proposal also invests $50 million a year in rural economic development, provides a 20% state-level match of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families, expands the Retirement Tax Credit and eliminates the state portion of the sales tax on grocery store food. These investments will be paid for by a modest tax on fossil fuels, the number one source of our local air pollution.

Tax pollution instead of groceries and invest the money into improving local air quality and promoting rural economic development. It’s a simple idea, it’s a good idea, and it’s a fundamentally conservative idea. Even conservative economist Milton Friedman advocated for pollution taxes. Visit: www.CleanTheDarnAir.org.

Learn more from the organizer, Yoram Bauman, Ph.D. at Comedy, Economics, and Climate Change, Wednesday, June 26, 7-8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 200 W Center Street, Logan. Event is free.

Jean M. Lown


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