#b#Time for Carbon Tax#/b#

Readers of Lynn Robbins’ Survival Guide article on C-Change Conversations in the May 10 issue and of Richard K. Rein’s climate change column of April 5 might be interested in the views of former Secretary of State and Treasury James A. Baker III, who last week appeared at Princeton University to lay out the argument for a system of carbon taxes on fossil fuels as a means of combating climate change. As a conservative Republican who believes in free market economics and a less intrusive/regulating government, Baker made a convincing argument that the tax scheme would benefit lower income Americans through a refund of the carbon taxes collected.

He said the proposal, made with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Henry M. Paulson Jr., former Secretary of the Treasury, was presented to the Trump administration in March, and some in the administration favor the plan. There is greater acceptance of the plan among Democrats than among Republicans, but, according to polls, nearly half of all Republicans favor a carbon tax.

The most persuasive part of the plan is that it does not depend on the acceptance of the fact of climate change or that man’s activities are contributing to it. There is no question that the plan would reduce the use of fossil fuels and generate other sources of energy regardless of whether the climate is really changing. Baker referred to it as an “insurance policy.”

To learn more about the plan, see the New York Times article of February 2.

This plan deserves very serious consideration regardless of your political inclinations. If you think it makes sense, tell your congress person and senator and the White House that you support it. They are all subject to your influence.

Thomas Marshall

#b#Dress for Success . . . & Courage & Change#/b#

On May 10, Dress for Success Mercer County held its second annual Women’s Empowerment Breakfast at Trenton Country Club. Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale, author, corporate leader, consultant and educator served as our keynote speaker. O’Neale’s address, “Discovering Courage in the Midst of Change,” was an inspiration and perfectly in line with the principles we hope to instill in our clients.

Celebrating 10 years, we are delighted to have served 5,000 women since opening our doors in 2007. Our organization may have started with a suit, but over the past decade we have grown into so much more. We are support, we are encouragement, and we are an opportunity for women to learn, grow, and create a better future for themselves and their families.

At DFSMC, we understand the challenges faced by low-income, underserved, and underrepresented women seeking to break the cycle of poverty. Through our personalized career development programs, we support women through every stage of their professional development, starting with their job search and leading to sustained employment. We are the only community program that responds to the career development needs of this vulnerable population.

Our Women’s Empowerment Breakfast was a remarkable success and I would like to acknowledge this year’s sponsors who include Bloomberg, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Saul Ewing, Victory, Wawa, Capital Health, Fox Rothschild, LLP, InvestorsBank, PNC, PSE&G, Robert Half, Stark & Stark, and Royal Bank.

The services we provide would not be possible without the generous support of the community. My heartfelt thanks to all of our sponsors, in-kind donors, guests, and volunteers. Your contributions help DFSMC continue its legacy of providing quality programming and support to women who are ready to enter and thrive in the workforce.

Melissa Tenzer

Executive Director

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