The State of California is desperate for revenue. But so are the people of California. The good news for state legislators is if they do it in the right order, they can get both by sending the money directly to the people with dividends, and making it taxable. This would result in a portion coming back to the state, free of the Sinclair restrictions. However, if the money is spent on programs first, then the public will see climate change as one more budget item, floating in a sea of eroding social services. The state can still seize this prime opportunity to create a revenue-neutral program that reimburses the public for their share of revenues from the Commons. At the same time, it would create a new psychological, economic, justice framework for understanding that the solution to climate change is a carbon price that rewards the people of California.
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