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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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Could this obscure tax idea reshape American housing?

Could this obscure tax idea reshape American housing?

Over the last six months, an obscure housing policy idea has emerged as one of the most talked about proposals to revive Detroit, Michigan — an idea that could potentially spur development on the city’s vast amount of vacant property as well as lower the city’s punishingly high taxes on homeowners. Economists are buzzing with interest, and the city’s mayor, Mike Duggan, is all in.

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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