Where: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant
1201 First Ave S. (across from the sports stadium - free parking if space
Date: Saturday 5/30/15
Time: 12:00 - 2:30
Why: Connect, Unite and help plan Action for 2015!
Cost: $20.00 with selected menu TBD.
I'm very pleased to announce we'll be having lunch with Yoram Bauman, a smart, funny guy with a great comedy routine that carries with it an important message and call to action. I promise it will be an enjoyable and informative couple of hours.
Yoram is a PhD environmental economist (and "stand-up economist") who co-authored the 1998 book Tax Shift with Sightline's Alan Durning.How did Yoram Bauman get started in comedy? From his website:
In graduate school I blew off some steam by writing a parody of the “ten principles of economics” in Greg Mankiw’s best-selling textbook, and in 2003 my parody got published in a science humor journal called the Annals of Improbable Research. They run a humor session every year at the AAAS annual meeting, and in 2004 it happened to be in Seattle so they invited me to present my paper. I had so much fun I started going to open-mic nights at the Comedy Underground, and the rest is history.Yoram Bauman serves on the Executive Committee of Carbon Washington. Carbon Washington is a non-partisan grassroots group of individuals who are keen on bringing a BC-style carbon tax to Washington State.
Here are the four pillars of their policy proposal:
Reduce the state sales tax by one full percentage point.
Fund the Working Families Rebate to provide up to $1500 a year for 400,000 low-income working households.
Effectively eliminate the B&O business tax for manufacturers.
Institute a carbon tax of $25 per metric ton CO2 on fossil fuels consumed in the state of Washington.
In April they started signature gathering for their Initiative I -732. Already they've got over 20 chapters around the state, including new chapters in Ellensburg and Spokane, plus college chapters at Whitworth in Spokane; at WWU in Bellingham; at UW Seattle, Seattle U, and North Seattle College in Seattle; and at UPS and PLU in Tacoma.Check out the complete list here on their handy map to get in touch with your local chapter!
I personally feel this is an excellent opportunity for Seattle & Puget Sound Kos to make a difference. Signature gathering pledges can be made here.
Yoram will entertain us and then fill us in on the latest from CarbonWA.
Plus, we'll be on the verge of launching our Washington State Open Thread.
Already members have stepped up to regularly post to this series. All our welcome to contribute.
I've also been successfully reaching out to individuals I know who are not yet Kossacks asking for contributions including some VIP posters.
So, May 30th will be an entertaining time with lots of news to share.
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Thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support of my efforts too! It is appreciated and uplifting!
Hope to see you there!
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