ILSR’s Minnesota Carbon Tax Shift Archives

In the 1990s, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and other energy activists in Minnesota undertook an effort to get Minnesota to adopt a billion dollar “tax shift” that would have raised the cost of energy while reducing taxes on income and/or property. ILSR was integrally involved in the design of the legislative proposal and examined the impacts on various sectors of Minnesota’s economy. Below you will find the archive of the materials that were prepared to support the initiative. Over several years, the proposal was debated extensively but never enacted into law.


The Economic Efficiency and Pollution Prevention Act of 1998 – introduced in the Minnesota Legislature
One of several hearings on this $1.3 billion tax shift proposal was held in the House Environment Committee on February 5, 1998, where an amended version of EEPRA was debated. The bill was withdrawn without a vote. There is NOT an electronic version of the amended EEPRA available, but there is a link to the House Research Summary of the amended version of EEPRA Bill.

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR's distinguished fellow. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods.  For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays on public policy have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington PostSalonAlternetCommon Dreams, and the Huffington Post.