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").
A land and natural resource ownership 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. Ideally, it would keep price inflation close to 0.
Take a look at our Legislative Action tabs for more information about our current focus!
Our 2015 Bill: Land Value Dividend
For the 2015 Oregon legislative session, SJR15 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.
Our 2015 Bills: Property Tax Study, including Land Value Taxation
For the 2015 Oregon legislative session, HB2065 and SB573 establish 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.
2013 Carbon Tax Study
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: