a recent post,
UrbanTools/CSE broke the ice with some short snippets of an
interview conducted by Jacob Schwartz Lucas ofEarthsharing.org
that 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
Homewood: A Storied History
In the middle of all the nonstop happy talk about the revitalizing urbanification of older Rust Belt cities likeBuffalo, Cleveland and our old friend Pittsburgh,
UrbanTools notes that the benefit falls on a very narrow slice of the body politic: the development "community" and other hustlers who ask that government pays for their slick new condos and apartments for transient Millennials. Meanwhile, all of these cities are losing population and unemployment rates are still high.
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.
The American Dream: Levittown 1948
UrbanTools (as the outreach arm of the Center for the Study
of Economics) has successfully helped communities discover that land value
taxation is a fair and equitable way to reduce the tax burden on the poor, the
middle class and productive citizens.
deploying local LVT, we demonstrate in policy the fact that there is an
alternative to tax systems that keep people down in force communities to
struggle to pay for the basic bills to keep our local societies going.
Aproposed land bank
in the city of Pittsburgh has been introduced by councilpersonDeb Gross
, and a couldn't come soon enough. Pittsburgh has an oversupply of city-owned blighted buildings and lots that suck up revenue, and produce none for the city. Once the land bank comes into operation, one existential question arises: what is the purpose of a bank?
If we take away the word "land", then we know the purpose of a bank is to dispense of assets in order to create a return for both the bank and – in this case – the community.
Time for a Sea Change: UK Business Secretary Vince Cable
The drumbeats for land value tax are louder in the United Kingdom, and coming from all corners of the nation. As UrbanTools hasreported
over the pastyear
, land value tax is being mooted by a veritable rainbow of the political and economic spectrum.
Bill De Blasio: in the Ascendant
Tomorrow Tuesday, June 10, 2013, the Democratic voters of New York City will choose their candidate for the fall mayoral election. The early betting fell on Christine Quinn who is currently New York City Council President. She had done the traditional sewing up of many unions, social constituencies, Wall Street, Mayor Bloomberg (with whom she engineered a Disposal of voter imposed term limits), and the Real Estate Board.
Also running is Bill Thompson, a respected former Comptroller of the city, John Liu the current Comptroller, and of course the explosive Anthony Weiner.
The Hartford Couranttoday editorializes
in 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.
No More either/Or: What's Philadelphia worth?
For years Philadelphia Pennsylvania has been an outlier among American cities (and internationally) for its menu ofstrange taxes
on business andonerous levies
on residents that have savage effects upon the local economy. For years, people who think about tax issues have proposed over and over again reducing reliance on these corrosive and self-destructive levies, that have driven jobs and capital out of the city squeezing the traditional middle class in particular.
The expansion of land value tax from its bases in Pennsylvania cities and jurisdictions all over Australia and New Zealand, may have just taken a strong step forward in the state of Oregon, where LVT advocates have been studying the legalities and thepractical administrative steps to implementation
of the past decade.
The Salem Statesman Journal published acomprehensive policy piece
by Kris Nelson ofCommon Ground OR/WA
. The op-ed provides solid theoretical underpinnings and empirical reality to make the case that Oregon cities, and indeed the whole Northwest have to join their Red State brethren and find ways to reduce traditional property taxes on labor and investment as well as pull back on taxation of wages.
Three Cheers for Clairton
UrbanTools' parent, the Center for the Study of Economics is happy to make the theoretical, as well as the empirical case that land value tax helps communities directly to rebound and recohere.
Darkness in Moonachie, NJ
As this piece is being written, millions of citizens in the
Northeast are without power,
gasoline, water or even food. The nightmare that was Hurricane Sandy has
blown apart communities and broken hearts.
The first order of business is of course tooffer
for our fellow citizens and neighbors. The second step is to rebuild people's
homes and lives as much as possible.
New Jersey can serve as an example of how markets can be
used to strengthen the recovery effort, and not just for a lucky few.
Pop it now!
Moseying through the tinny yet strident “news” from the real
estate markets that housing is on the rebound.
To the real estate industry and theirflacks
in the press
, we're meant to believe any increasing equity will redound to
the benefit of homeowners. Not quite.
Remember where it all started: the unholy triangle between activist
government (everybody gets a house with NO money down) crooked to lazy lenders,
and banks who wanted a piece of the action (even though they had no clue