We are happy to present a new integrated diary/blog brought to you by the Center for the Study of Economics, using our street name “UrbanTools.” That’s where we spend most of our time: traveling, meeting with communities, doing outreach, performing research and overall presenting an alternative way of looking at political economy in the real world.
The best place to start? Most likely CSE’s annual meeting of the Board of Directors[i] on November 19, 2015. With attendees in person at our physical HQ at the friends service Center at 1501 Cherry St. as well as directors attending via teleconference. Some directors have been on board since the formation of the organization in 1985. Some are brand-new but are filled with enthusiasm for being able to serve civil society in a constructive purpose. Welcome!
Led by Mayor Tom Kramer, the borough of Millbourne has expanded its land value tax ratio from the 50% from land and 50% from building values to 75% from land and 25% from building values.
The city and school district having been in financial crisis since the collapse of the steel industry in the late 1980s, has seen much good news of late. Even with the continued contraction of the US steel plant on the Monongahela River, Clairton this year emerged from Act 47, the Pennsylvania program for distressed municipalities.
November - December 2015:
CSE has been working with Dr. Martin Rowland in introducing and spreading the concepts of land value taxation to legislative leaders from Queens County to Suffolk County in New York. After a total of six meetings, it looks likely that LVT will get a hearing in January 2016 both in the state capital of Albany and New York City.
Philadelphia, CSE has been meeting with neighborhood groups such as Francisville CDC that wish to “take point” on putting land value tax in front of the incoming Council and incoming Mayor James Kenney.
 Bill Batt, Vice-President
Joseph Casey, Treasurer
Hon. Tom Kramer
Nicholas D. Rosen, President
Sharon K. Suarez