In class we talk about product/emissions taxes as a potential solution to markets generating
negative externalities. In addition, we had a panel discussion about Initiative 1631, which is on
the ballot for this election cycle in November. Being on the ballot has also meant that this
measure has received quite a bit of media attention, both positive and negative. You may
research news articles online and use information you learned at the panel discussion.
With this background, I want you to write a formal letter to the editor of the Inlander, either
endorsing or opposing Initiative 1631 (you cannot avoid this, you MUST take a stand one way or
the other). Your letter should be based on sound economic principles/theory and discuss the
relevant pros and cons of the policy and your position.
You will not be graded on your position, but instead will be graded upon the quality of your
argument grounded in sound economic principles/theory. Included within “sound economic
principles/theory” is your ability to: describe the economic rationale for such a policy,
recognize/address the economic pros/cons of your position, and articulate the pros/cons of this
policy versus alternative policies aimed at achieving the same goal.
Formatting and Other Details:
1) This letter should be approximately 2‐3 pages in length
3) Use 12‐point font and one‐inch margins.
4) You must have a work cited page where you cite any sources for data or anything else
5) I have a zero‐tolerance policy for plagiarism. If you plagiarize at all (even just one small
sentence) or if do not paraphrase sufficiently, you will receive a zero for this entire
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