ALICE: Legislation for the rest of us
Some years ago, noted journalist and public servant, Walter Rybeck
worked with Bill Filante, a
California GOP State Senator to prepare and disseminate model legislation to enact land value taxation. The venue at that time was ALEC, which at the
time prepared legislation with a conservative and free market bent, much in
line with GOP philosophy at the time (ALEC
has changed quite a bit since the 1980s, and the entry has disappeared.)
Now, there’s an active group providing Progressive model legislation.
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.
Spreading Like Kudzu
Historic reality: in 1950, Cleveland Ohio had a population
. 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
became 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.
Independence? From what exactly?
active and conservative member of the Republican Party in central Pennsylvania
sent UrbanTools a copy of something called the"Property
Tax Independence Act"
with the interesting subtitle of "Liberty Equality and
Prosperity". The legislation – more
accurately a proposal for a constitutional amendment in the state of
Pennsylvania – Is given a seemingly official sobriquet of “House
As yet, this is not an
actual bill however.