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.
Village Building Convergence
"Create Geo-Common Wealth" When we repair the city, we make it more spendy to live in, by pushing up land values. Higher land costs can be good news for residents. As other places do, just recover and share these ground rents. Activism and poverty should not have to be synonymous. With Jeffs Strang and Smith in Portland OR, May 31, Friday, 3-5 PM, Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St.
Connecticut to Allow LVT
The Municipal Opportunities & Regional Efficiencies (M.O.R.E) Commission, a bipartisan bicameral commission working to solve structural and fiscal problems in Connecticut, concludes with recommending that the state adopt the land value tax in place of the conventional property tax. Here's what the bill will probably look like.
May 12, Sunday morning, nigh 20 people strolled through Old Town to see: What gave Portland its look? What could give it a makeover? And what we've lost, what we could gain, and how we could make the change. Everybody had fun – good questions, good conversation, and good senses of humor. Stay tuned and join us on the next geonomic walkabout.
Every other week in SE Portland, about a half dozen of us get together with snacks and drinks and chew over current events as seen through the lens of rent-seeking and more importantly rent-winning, and land speculation. The home and social space has room for more discussants. If you'd like to join the fun, email jjs at geonomics.org or call 503/568-5889.