November 29, 2017

Larson promotes pollution tax to fund infrastructure investment

Drivers on Interstate 84.

U.S. Rep. John Larson this week took to the national stage to tout his plan to invest $1 trillion in the nation's infrastructure paid for by a pollution tax.

Larson, who represents Connecticut's 1st Congressional District, gave a keynote address Tuesday at a Brookings Institution panel discussion entitled "Can Tax Reform Include A Carbon Tax?"

Larson recently introduced the American Wins Act, which proposes to raise $1.8 trillion over 10 years through an upstream tax on the carbon-content of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.

"This fully-paid for proposal would be an investment that would target our roads, bridges, levees, tunnels and rail lines so we can improve commerce, provide jobs, and ultimately improve the economy," Larson said.

"It was refreshing to have an open dialogue on constructive solutions to some of our nation's most pressing problems, including tax reform, job creation, rebuilding the country and reducing pollution. I urge Congress to get back to regular order, so we can have discussions like the one we had today, focused on practical solutions," said Larson.

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