Perhaps a teaspoon of rebate sugar would help the medicine go down? That's what Michael Levine and Mark Roe argue in a piece published in the Financial Times:
Consider first a textbook move to get the public to accept a costly change in policy: give voters their money back through another channel. If they got a tax credit or refund for the amount of the average voter's petrol usage, they would see that they were no worse off. They could keep the money and drive less or buy a more economical car.Not a bad idea, right? They've even discussed similar ways of dealing with commercial concerns. While some people won't accept any plan with the word "tax" attached to it, perhaps just enough could be sold on the scheme if the pain was soothed with a bit of silver salve. While the authors single out energy companies as remaining contrary...wait a sec, who really cares what they think? What we care about is what you think so, let us know.
[Source: Financial Times]
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