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Part 2 - Land Value Taxation: Politics, Persuasion, and Practicality - A How-To

In a recent post,UrbanTools/CSE broke the ice with some short snippets of an interview conducted by Jacob Schwartz Lucas ofEarthsharing.orgthat describe what we believe are critical first steps in discussing land value taxation, how to interest people, how to maintain momentum, and finally how to implement LVT.  Produced by Earthsharing, it links to three distinct avenues to LVT understanding and acceptance.

The question then arises what to do if interest is piqued?

If the reader has time (and no need to watch it all at once), here’s a presentation/discussion that UrbanTools/CSE gave at the invitation of the

Hartford Connecticut Explores Land Value Tax to Battle Parking Lot Blight

It Used to be a Hilton

Hartford Connecticut while perhaps not the wealthiest city in the US during the Gilded Age, came close to the ideal of the American City and the American Dream: a city where wealth was created, work was plentiful, public amenities dotted the city landscape and optimism never ran dry.  

Now, in the year 2016, the Hartford paradox – one of thenation’s poorest citiessurrounded by the nation’s wealthiest state – is flirting withmunicipal insolvency. It limits the city’s ability to act independently to revive itself.

Can Connecticut Regain Traction?

In living memory, Connecticut was the Gold Standard for how a state could be run for all the people from poor to middle class to wealthy.  Starting in 1991 with the advent of state income tax, and increased business taxation, Connecticut started a barely noticeable decline that hasaccelerated dramaticallyin recent years.  

Forbes magazine is just the latest harbinger of “for whom the Bell tolls” bad business environment rankings for Connecticut.  Both sides of the aisle are just now starting to realize that growth that does not involve private investment and personal work is not real growth, it’s a debt or an obligation put off for later.

Quick movement on LVT Extension Legislation in Connecticut

On February 4, 2015 , just a few days into the Connecticut legislature's 2015 session, the Land Value Tax expansion bill was accepted for action and testimony by a unanimous bipartisan vote of the joint Planning and Development Committee voted in favor this time. This is particularly quick considering past practice.

UrbanTools in action and on the road

With the 2015 Legislative Session open, Connecticut faces a structural fiscal deficit of nearly $175 million, under-performing tax receipts, crumbling infrastructure, and declining aid to municipalities.

The remedy is just as Henry George prescribed. CSE has been on the ground working to supply the research and analysis to motivate Legislative action.


Land Value Taxation in Connecticut: UrbanTools' televised interview

Connecticut's Financially Stressed Cities: let's talk about LVT

We believe that a useful way to embrace of further understanding of land value taxation Is to have a conversation. On June 17, 2014, the director of the Center for the Study of Economics Joshua Vincent sat down withRonna Stuller, A long time member of the new London Connecticut Board of Education and activist within the Green Party, Ronna Stands for healthy communities,a fair economy, and more opportunities for citizens In all sectors of society.

Are your municipal leaders falling behind?

LAND VALUE TAX PILOT PROGRAM - Where is the movement in CT?

By law, municipalities must tax land and any improvements made to the land (e.g., buildings) at the same rate.The act, which went into effect October 2013 increased the  maximum number of municipalities that, under an OPM pilot program, may develop a plan for taxing land at a higher rate than buildings (i.e., land value tax) from one to three.
The newcriteriafor municipal participation does not restrict the pilot program

But It's so Expensive: Commuter Rail Grinds to a Halt in Deep Pockets Connecticut

It's déjà vu all over again for theMetro-North Railroad.  Right now, about 125,000 users of the rail commuter line going through some of the wealthiest towns in the United States ispretty much shut down.  The Metropolitan Transit Authority managed to scrounge up some diesel trains that will run into New York City from Connecticut, but the number cannot meet the demand.

Is the disintegration of this essential transit system something that came out of nowhere like a plague of locusts?

University of Connecticut chooses downtown Hartford, may boost what once was blight.

The Hartford Couranttoday editorializesin support of the University of Connecticut establishing new headquarters in downtown. The former Hartford Times office, still gleams through the grime and decades of neglect.

The Times of Hartford: Then and Now

Is this good news? Nearly unquestionably.  Existing businesses will see more foot traffic and more dollars spent in their stores. The residential sector will undoubtedly get a boost, as workers, faculty and students populate the southern end of a fairly empty downtown.

Support in Connecticut for Land Value Taxation

By Johanna Somers Day Staff, Publication: The Day
Published 05/09/2013 12:00 AM
But Finizio, who took office in 2011, said that if New London were chosen to participate this time, he would focus on the downtown area and exempt waterfront properties and large lots.
"I support it because I believe it will remove one of the largest disincentives to revitalization in downtown New London," Finizio said Tuesday.
The LVT proposal is one idea that working group chairman, state Rep. Jeffrey Berger, D-Waterbury, said he would like to see passed this session.

LVT moving through CT?

Our team was on the move this week throughout the State of CT. The Municipal Tax Authority Working Group Meeting of April 2, 2013 provides a glimpse of the work CSE is involved in at this time Video of the meeting

2013 legislative update: Land Value Tax Legislation Introduced in Connecticut

Connecticut's 2013 General Assembly meets for a six month session in January.  Odd-numbered years generally concentrate on local laws and statutes for municipalities and relations with the state government in the so-called "long sessions." 

This month, several bills have been introduced to permit municipalitiesflexibilityin how and what they tax, as wellas specific language permitting a municipality to enact land value tax.  The sponsors are led by the New Haven Connecticut legislative delegation.

The Planning Paradox: Eds and Meds, Municipal Revenues and Power

Spreading Like Kudzu

Historic reality: in 1950, Cleveland Ohio had a population ofnearly 1,000,000.  It had a tax base that was compact and served all sectors of the city well.  Great fortunes were made, along with the success of the working and middle classes. From the 1900s to the 1950s,great civic amenitiesbecame possible with this wealth.  John Rockefeller was only the largest source of foundations and gifts that made Cleveland not only a gritty industrial hub, but a place where one could become a more educated, cultured and involved citizen.

In Search of a Progressive Property Tax: a Connecticut City

How significant can taxing land values to a community? Can it replace all other taxes, including sales and wage taxes?  Would a land value tax be fair (i.e. progressive), without morphing into a California-style redistributionist morass? Let’s start with some basics, and explore these issues in an ongoing series of what potentialities land values possess.  

Let’s travel the I-95 corridor (In the US Mid-Atlantic) and stop in Norwalk, CT.  It’s a combination of an old industrial working city with desirable waterfront property and yacht clubs.

Slow: No-Construction Zone

Failure is not an option: Connecticut Building Permits Slide

There is no state as well situated for growth and prosperity than Connecticut.  Just beyond reach of New York's staggeringly high taxes and  overlooking the placid Long Island Sound, crossed by rail and Interstate connections, and with one large airport, Connecticut has parlayed these advantages into a couple of centuries of growth, jobs and wealth.

Yet, slippage in the US economy as a whole coupled with a growing rich/poor divide (

Land Value Tax Do-Over for New London?

Connecticut, a state blessed with great wealth but also great poverty, has examined the idea of permitting Connecticut cities - almost by definition poor and dis-invested - to have the option to enact property tax reform in the shape of a land value tax, which Governor Jody Rellsigned into law for New Londonin 2009.  The reasons were clear: the decay of Connecticut towns was proportional to the damage that sprawl has wrought on the formerly bucolic countryside, with farms replaced by subdivisions, and bank-breaking infrastructure costs.

More on New London: What can Fix a Downtown?

After the election of Daryl Finizio to the mayor's office in New London, CT,The Day, the local newspaper offered an opinion byDavid Collins on the lack of activity in New London's downtown - after heavy government spending on a refurbishment of the city square known as"The Parade" - most visible in the boarded up storefronts on the main Streets in the downtown (State and Bank). 

48 State Street, New London, CT
Mentioning that New London's land value tax proposal is part and parcel of a downtown revitalization plan

New London Connecticut Elects pro-LVT Mayor

Daryl Finizio wins New London Mayor's race

In a crowded field of six candidates, Mr. Finiziohandily won electionto the first strong mayor post in New London after a governmental reorganization.  Land Value Tax had beenthe flashpointfor much of the campaign.  Mayor-elect Finizio has pledged to revisit the program on LVT, in the face of concerted but sparse opposition.

New London’s previous missteps withKelo vs. New London, a tax abatement program for the Pfizer pharmaceutical  firm, that ended just as

Connecticut Land Value Tax Bill passes out of Planning Committee

The vote took place onMarch 23, after the bill had been redefined to permit up to three cities to enact LVT as a pilot.  The bill is far more flexible than 2009's LVT bill, and UrbanTools has pinpointed several cities that may be able to take advantage of this exciting new development in the effort to help Connecticut cities who are in deeper fiscal waters along with the state government.
SB130, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney has made the grade,a nd is not set to get a vote on the main Senate floor in the very near future.

LVT Bill in Connecticut for All Cities: February 2011

Connecticut General Assembly Acts 
SB 130 a land value tax optionLast year's bill for New London Connecticut was a first step in enabling legislation for Connecticut municipalities. This year, more may be coming Connecticut General Assembly Acts
With important changes in the Planning and Development Committee, a new bill permitting land value taxation to allow all town to use Property Tax 2.0 is in the hopper.  Sponsored bySenate Majority Leader Martin Looney, SB130 has been referred for public testimony (rare for not-a-chance bills) by the Planning and Development Committee.