21st CD Green Party Candidate Hassig on Federal Taxation
I am in favor of eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
I am in favor of an estate tax for estates in excess of 200,000.00 dollars.
I am proposing a Pollution tax on industry and agriculture, which would bring back to the public some of the monies of corporate profits for the purpose of funding environmental clean-up and environmental health education. America needs an Environmental Health Education Corps (EHEC). The first mission of the EHEC would be to warn American children, their parents and teachers of the avoidable persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard. The EHEC would be active in the St. Lawrence River Valley in the Town of Massena and on the Akwesasne Reserve as well as in the Hudson River Valley, in the Towns of Fort Edward and Fort Miller. These places are high priority POPs exposure minimization education locations due to the excess POPs exposures experienced by residents during the recent past as a result of PCB contamination associated with the ALCOA West facility, the former Reynolds Metals facility, and the former GM Powertrain facility in the St. Lawrence River Valley and PCB contamination of the Hudson River downstream from the General Electric facility in Hudson Falls. (The Thompson Island pool in the Town of Fort Edward is one of the most heavily contaminated reaches of the Hudson.) Excess exposure took place via consumption of locally caught fish and via inhalation of PCBs that evaporated from contaminated soils and sediments.
I am in favor of a Profits Tax on corporations. The public incurrs a cost when corporations profit. The corporate activity that generates profits causes many negative impacts upon the general public, including: habitat destruction, competition for limited energy resources, release of pollutants into the environment, damage to highways and competition for labor. These damages could be compensated for by collecting a Profits Tax.