Carbon tax repeal: Clive Palmer set to demand lower household power bills

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Clive Palmer speaks at a Committee for Economic Development breakfast in Canberra on Monday. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP

Clive Palmer appears set to demand legislative guarantees that the carbon tax repeal will flow through to lower household power bills, as the government presses new senators to “axe the tax” within two weeks of taking their seats to avoid enormous commercial uncertainty.

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Could an Adopt-a-Loan Program Take a Bite Out of Student Debt? -

The private sector adopts all sorts of things -- highways, parks, medians, pets, pet projects -- so why not student loans? With the right tax incentives, an Adopt-a-Student Loan program could help ease the current financial quagmire of $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. Earlier this week, Starbucks announced a plan that will let any of its 135,000 employees go to college for free -- as long as they meet the criteria outlined in the new policy. While many employers offer help to employees who want to get a college degree, and critics decried the finer points of the deal with Arizona State University, Starbucks deserves at least a tip of the hat as well as a wag of the finger. The new Starbucks policy points to a willingness in the private sector to tackle the problem of financing higher education in America. And faced with a deepening student loan debt crisis, the private sector -- corporations and regular citizens -- can and should make it a top priority to get a handle on the growing problem of student loan debt. President Obama’s recently announced plan to expand the repayment cap on federal student loans and Elizabeth Warren’s now-dead bill that would have allowed 25 million Americans to refinance debt at lower rates both focus on the real-world impact of the student loan problem. In reality, both moves capitulate to the problem of graduation-to-grave debt. It’s time to stop making the prison-house of student loan debt more comfortable, and find a way out. Instead, Adopt-a-Student Loan could be a big-picture solution, targeting the $1.3 trillion in federal student loans and loan guarantees, as well as the more than $100 billion in private student loans that aren’t federally guaranteed. With an average $29,400 per bachelor’s degree, student loan debt impedes economic growth. Money that would otherwise be going toward a car, retirement and all the non-essential consumer expenditures that grow the economy are going toward debt instead. And while $30K is a lot of money, there are ways to get your arms around it -- especially with a little help from the IRS, a friendly employer, or generous friends who see the upside of paying a college education forward. Whether an Adopt-a-Student Loan program or free employer-sponsored education is the answer, only time will tell, but it’s time for Americans to step up with solutions. I’ve got a few ideas to start the conversation. Whether that takes place on Twitter, in the comments below, or at your dinner table: It’s time for all of us to step up and figure out ways to stop the debt. Read More >