Common Ground USA is an all-volunteer organization that promotes land value tax shifts, rent-sharing land trusts, and other commons-based approaches to social, environmental and economic issues.

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How popular is Land Value Tax in 2024?

How popular is Land Value Tax in 2024?

Land Value Tax (LVT) is not a new concept, yet many with an interest in the policy have noticed a recent uptick in news stories and online discussions on the subject, as well as an increasing number of U.S. municipalities and states giving serious consideration to its adoption.  This blog couples descriptions of significant state and community-level efforts with data collected through an online survey, to describe the nature of this apparent increase in interest in LVT.

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Land Banks and Affordable Housing

Land Banks and Affordable Housing

It's been said about New York City that real estate is its number one cash crop. As a native New Yorker I can attest to that. Affordable Housing is on the low end of the scale as market rate housing continues more and more to be the norm. Brad Lander as a Council...

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My Personal History with the Henry George School

My Personal History with the Henry George School

I began as a student at the Henry George School in late 2006, a bit after I got laid off from a 22-year job at New York University, and when I needed a new direction in life.  I found this in the teaching of Henry George.  The school was a very different place then than it is today.

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February 2024 Legislative Update as LVT Gains Traction

February 2024 Legislative Update as LVT Gains Traction

During the short legislative session, we are preparing for the next full session in 2025 to advance our package of bills. Here’s a recap of our recent and current efforts:
Governor’s Housing Production Advisory Council (HPAC): The Council’s recommendations for legislative action included adoption of a land value tax. We submitted testimony in November that urged passage of our referral for a constitutional amendment authorizing a local option LVT, whereby counties or cities may by popular vote switch to a split-rate LVT system and be granted an exemption from Measures 5 & 50.  

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COULD BALTIMORE BE THE NEXT PORT OF CALL FOR GEORGIST ECONOMICS?

COULD BALTIMORE BE THE NEXT PORT OF CALL FOR GEORGIST ECONOMICS?

As 2024 begins, so does the 2024 Session of the Maryland General Assembly.  After several failed attempts, we are tantalizingly close to obtaining permissive legislation to allow Baltimore (and Maryland counties should they so choose), to tax land and buildings at different rates.  How did we get to this point?  And what are the key opportunities and challenges to our success?

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Recent

Research

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Setting up a Rent-sharing Farm Trust in Minnesota

A report prepared on behalf of Common Ground USA

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Municipal Land Trusts

A Feasibility Study for Adoption by City of Saint Paul

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Incentivizing Local Zoning Reforms with Land Value Taxation

A Common Ground OR-WA Working Paper