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    “Green” Tax Incentives & Organic Rebates

    Does your insurance carrier subsidize your grocery bill?  That’s a legitimate question in Wisconsin, where one health insurance company is giving rebates to members who buy their vegetables direct from local farms.

    In celebration of tax season, find out how living a green lifestyle can also put money back in your pocket.

    Join host Jerry Kay as we talk about organic food rebates, how one Iowa county is giving tax refunds to organic farmers, and how Uncle Sam rewards energy efficiency and hybrid cars owners.

    This Week's Guests:

    Lowell Ungar — Alliance to Save Energy

    Ungar has served as a senior policy analyst and lobbyist at the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) since September 2003.  He is active in all ASE efforts to enact federal and state legislation and policies that foster energy efficiency.  Prior to ASE, Ungar served for five years as a legislative aide in the U.S. House and Senate with a focus on energy and military issues.  Before switching to the Senate side, Ungar served as a congressional science fellow for ASE Vice-Chair Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), working with the House Energy and Commerce Committee on energy and environmental issues. Ungar holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago, and is the author of several scientific articles as well as policy articles and reports. He lives with his family in an Energy Star-certified condominium community with ground-source heat pumps built on an urban infill site in Washington, DC

    Rob Marqusee — Director of Rural Economic Development, Woodbury County, Iowa

    Marqusee’s position, based in Sioux City, was created in early 2005 with the goal of reversing economic declines in the rural areas of the county.

    Marqusee has been an attorney since 1979 and is licensed to practice law in the states of California, Colorado, and Iowa. He holds a LL.M. in Taxation (Masters in Tax Law) from the University of Denver, a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Denver (Phi Beta Kappa), and received his law degree from Seattle University. He practiced law in Santa Barbara, California for 13 years.

    Born in New York City, Marqusee was raised in Boca Raton, Florida where his family was engaged in economic development activities. His father has been a vegetarian and organic/natural food advocate his entire life which has had significant impact on Marqusee’s lifestyle.

    Kathryne Auerback — Physicians Plus Insurance Corp.

    Auerback is the Director of Marketing at Madison, WI based Physicians Plus Insurance Corp.  Her initiatives have helped revitalize the brand and attract new customers.  She’s been instrumental in helping the company focus on children's health and wellness issues as well as starting the company’s CSA rebate program.  Auerback earned a B.A. from the University of Hawaii and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

    More information:

  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Solar Power for Your Home – By Dan Ramsey

  • You’ll Need a Scorecard for Energy Tax Breaks – The New York Times
  • Do Solar While the Credit Shines – Forbes
  • Most Britons Willing to Pay Green Taxes to Save The Environment – The Guardian

    Web Resources:
  • Alliance to Save Energy – Tax Credits
  • Physicians Plus Insurance Corp. – Eat Healthy Rebate
  • US Department of Energy – Hybrid Cars
  • Iowa General Assembly – Pending Statewide legislation for Organic Farming Property Tax Exemption

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