By John C. Ryan

“The author says benefiting corporations should be subjected to the same kind of needs test as welfare recipients.” – The Associated Press

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Taxpayers lose billions of dollars each year in subsidies that damage the Northwest environment. Hazardous Handouts documents a litany of outdated policies that siphon away tax dollars, wreak ecological havoc, and burden the Northwest economy. It finds that most environmentally harmful subsidies are not direct cash grants, like welfare checks, but indirect handouts: the sale of services or natural resources below market prices, tax breaks, and exemptions from environmental laws.

John C. Ryan was research director for Northwest Environment Watch, the former name of Sightline, from 1993 to 2000.

April 13, 1995