Welcome to the Web site of Common Ground OR-WA, the Oregon-Washington chapter of
Common Ground USA, commonground-usa.net.
We promote legislation that democratizes use of natural resources in these two states --
that treats the natural resources of a jurisdiction as a commonwealth for all of the legal residents.
We promote the taxation of private use of nature (taxing a negative effect on society).
This tax has to be high enough to encourage price stability and discourage speculation and sprawl, but not so high that an "ownership" contract (e.g. deed, corporate charter) is easily abandoned.
Portland CC on LVT
In early November of 2013, Portland's influential City Club released its study of Oregon's property tax problems. The Club recommends a study of LVT, something HB 2509 would've done. Urge Salem to heed the CC's advice, and urge the CC to recommend LVT itself.
At next month's social, we'll show some short films that both entertain and enlighten about the power generated by putting land rent into the tax base. Details upcoming. Come one, come all!
The blog site begun by young Democrats has again seen fit to print an op-ed by stalwarts Tom Gihring and Kris Nelson; check it out on the left.