RadioACTive: June 26, 2019

  • June 26, 2019
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Clean the Darn Air knocking on doors to get on the 2020 ballot. Utah Lead Coalition says Utah children at risk of lead poisoning.

Tonight's lineup:

Comunidades Unidas invites the community to remain calm and obtain information through appropriate information channels, following the statements of the Trump Administration threatening mass deportations and separation of families. RadioACTive spoke with CU Executive Director Luis Garza about available resources, including:

  • Complete a Family Emergency Plan: Comunidades Unidas has a free family emergency plan that helps family members get better organized. Download it for free at www.cuutah.org. The plan is available in English, Spanish, Tongan, Arabic, Swahili, and Dinka. 
  • July 3: Know Your Rights Training: Conozca sus Derechos como Inmigrante - Taller Informativo, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Liberty-Wells Recreation Center, 707 S. 400 E., SLC. Ven a informarte de tus derechos constitucionales que todos tenemos y aprender qué hacer en caso que agentes federales de inmigración u otras agencias de seguridad llegarán a tu casa o lugar de Trabajo. COMPLETAMENTE GRATIS Y PARA TODO EL PUBLICO. Evento organizado en conjunto con: La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Dias, Comunidades Unidas, Servicios Comunitarios Católicos y las Oficinas del abogado Carlos Trujillo.

Utah doesn't do a very good job of screening children for lead poisoning. RadioACTive spoke with some of the experts involved in a statewide effort to do a better job with awareness, education and testing, including:

Clean the Darn Air needs 116,000 signatures to place a carbon tax proposition before voters in 2020. RadioACTive spoke with two “emissionaries” about the ballot drive:

  • Tim Woodruff is a senior at Utah State University and has worked with local businesses and the city of Logan to promote environmental stewardship. He is spending the summer in Ogden and is volunteering as the leader for the Ogden chapter of the Clean the Darn Air campaign. 
  • Ronan Carrier is a high school student who just finished her junior year at the Salt Lake Center for Education. She is a Utah native and a volunteer with the Clean The Darn Air campaign.

From Clean the Darn Air's website: The carbon tax starts at $12 per metric ton CO2 (about 11 cents per gallon of gasoline, about 1 cent per kWh of electricity) in 2022; there is a reduced rate for agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and other energy-intensive trade-exposed businesses to help them stay competitive. The tax goes up slowly over time and funds:

  • $100 million a year for cleaning up local air pollution from wood-burning stoves, gas-powered lawnmowers, freight-switcher locomotives, dirty school buses, and more.
  • $50 million a year for rural economic development.
  • Elimination of the state sales tax on grocery store food and other regressive sales taxes.
  • A 20% match of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families.
  • An expansion and extension of the Retirement Tax Credit.
  • Additional tax cuts if possible, as determined by the state legislature.

Click here to download the campaign's two-page explainer.

 

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RadioACTive is a production of Listeners Community Radio of Utah. Views and opinions expressed on the show do not necessarily reflect those of KRCL, its board or members. Tonight's team included:

  • Exec. Producer/Host: Lara Jones
  • Assoc. Producer: Palmer
  • Community Co-Host: Nick Burns
  • Volunteer: Natalie Benoy

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