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 land and natural resources in these two states --
that treats land and natural resources more like a commonwealth for the productive use of all residents, rather than as a commodity to be speculated on and for generating unearned income.
Taxing private use of land and natural resources keeps prices low and stable, to better share ownership and encourage productivity ("highest and best use").
Take a look at our Legislative Action tabs for more information about our current focus!
In 1993, Oregon voters passed measures limiting the amount that assessed property values can increase in any given year, despite warnings by economists that the cumulative effects would cause distortions in the property tax system. Recent research by the Northwest Economic Research Center looked at the impact of Measures 5 and 50, and showed gross inequities in tax burdens across neighborhoods in Portland.
Portland Tribune Jeff Strang opinion piece 12-8-15
Carbon Fee and Dividend