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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Member of California Assembly introduces LVT study legislation

Member of California Assembly introduces LVT study legislation

We are excited to announce that Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San José) has recently introduced legislation to study the potential shift from antiquated property tax to land value taxation in California.

Land value taxation is a system where taxes are levied based on the value of land, rather than the value of buildings or improvements on the land. This system has been successful in cities around the world and has been shown to encourage economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve public services.

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My Interview with Henry George (sort of)

My Interview with Henry George (sort of)

Fans of Henry George will be happy to know that the virtual Henry George is as sure and confident in his answers as the human version was.
I couldn’t capture the voice option here (to my knowledge, there are no recordings of George actually speaking), but you can judge for yourself how close to human Henry George was in the text answers below:

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No Silver Bullets to the Werewolf Crisis

No Silver Bullets to the Werewolf Crisis

Mark Coopersmith gaveled the town meeting to order. “Ladies and Gentlemen, what are we going to do about the werewolf crisis? Every full moon, this town is attacked by invincible supernatural werewolves that murder people and then eat them.” A few hands went up. “Yes,...

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Our Warm Future

Our Warm Future

Georgism is named for Henry George who was a newspaper editor in San Francisco in the 1870s and wondered how can California be so rich and yet have so many poor people? Why is wealth being concentrated in so few? George came to realize that land owners had a monopoly: they owned land and the poor stayed poor because they had to rent from the land owners. And since there is a limited supply of land, the price of land rises and the land owners get rich. George published his ideas in a top selling book “Progress and Poverty”, ran for President and died in New York in 1897.

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Recent

Research

Rent-Sharing Farm Trust report cover

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