How Much Money Can LVT Raise? Turn the Tide on a Broken Tax End the 1%'s Free Ride: Tax Land Mass Transit Can Pay its Way Revitalize Downtown, Tax Land

How Much Money Can LVT Raise?

Slate, Oct 17, 2013, one of the largest and influential center-left political and cultural sites, estimates how much rent exists in the US.

Turn the Tide on a Broken Tax

Blue Oregon, October of 2013, posted another op-ed by our own duo of Tom Gihring and Kris Nelson on fixing the state's clunky tax structure.

End the 1%'s Free Ride: Tax Land

Salon, Nov 22: Want a real overhaul of the tax code? Here's an elegant way to reduce inequality and mitigate poverty -- in one tax.

Mass Transit Can Pay its Way

Erich the Green, Dec 19. Prices of land near new transit stops rise in value, clearly the result of the improved transit.

Revitalize Downtown, Tax Land

Sightline Daily, 10 June 2014:  Five reasons to love land-value taxes. LVT can be described as a tax on sprawl; it encourages a more built-up, vibrant downtown, diverting growth from lower-value properties in the suburbs.

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Others in the Field

Dozens of organizations work for putting the publicly-generated site values into the public treasury. They range from Brookings in the nation's capital to the Budget & Policy Center in the Washington that's north of Oregon. All do needed work, all constitute a strand in the thick rope bringing the sharing of land value into the public arena. We've listed the scores in "Links We Like".


Our 2015 Bill: Land Value Dividend

For the 2015 Regular Session LC 2738 proposes to amend Oregon's Constitution to establish  a land-value  lease and distribute the proceeds to residents of the state, beginning on or after January 1, 2018. The bill refers the proposed amendment to people at the next regular general election. More:

Our 2015 Bill: Study LVT

For the 2015 Regular Session, LC 2603 establishes a Task Force on Land Value Taxation to compare LVT to regular property taxation. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment. Requires task force to submit report to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to taxation no later than September 15, 2016. Sunsets task force on date of convening of 2017 regular session of Legislative Assembly. More:

NERC Study: Tax System Fair?

Beware of what you wish for. Voters limited the property tax which now results in wildly different tax burdens in different neighborhoods. One owner's tax break means another owner's higher tax. The study also noted that where taxes on land are higher, the prices for land are lower. For fairness, voters might want to consider overturning M-50, an idea proposed also by the League of Cities. More info: Tom Gihring <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

OEC Talking Points on Carbon Tax

Oregon’s agriculture, shellfish, and snow-based tourism are already being damaged by climate change. Oregonians could reduce their emissions while improving the state’s economy. Put a price, the tax, on carbon emission, equal to its true cost, and decrease taxes and increase funding for priorities. More:

NERC Carbon Tax Fact Sheet

Based on their in-depth analysis, NERC confirmed their original findings about the benefits of taxing carbon, and detailed how pricing carbon would affect 70 different Oregon industry sectors and six Oregon regions. They consider emissions from combustion of petroleum fuels used for transportation, natural gas used for heating, and coal and other fossil fuels used for electricity generation. More:

NERC Slide Show

Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC) in the College of Urban and Public Affairs, within Portland State University, presents its power point, “SB306 Clean Air Tax or Fee Final Report”, in December 2014. More:

LRO Report on a Clean Air Fee

The Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 306 (SB306) during its 2013 Regular Session, which directed the Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) to guess the impacts of taxing greenhouse gas emissions. Representatives of utilities, business, labor, and low-income addressed the modeling outputs. More:

Property Tax Vs. Land Tax

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