(2012 June) Contents

Joyous June, the birth month of Smith, Keynes, and quasi-geoists
F.L. Wright and Rousseau, and the anti-geoist Prop 13. As a British
colony, Hong Kong (existing on public land) began and ended, as did
World War I, which ended the land tax in the British budget and the
actual levy in some German towns. But we’re making a comeback. Note
below what your cohorts are achieving – and what your intended
audience would like to hear. “My green thumb came only as a result
of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s
point of view.” – H. Fred Dale. And if you know anyone else who’d
enjoy the News, put them in touch. Thanks.

CONTENTS:
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1. News: Where Is the Housing Market? Could a Tax Fix It?
2. Numbers: The Battle Over CEO Pay
3. Good Press: Caught Cheating on the Property Tax
4. Movement Progress: One Man Movement! HGIEC Admin and Operations
5. Correction: Re: Labour Land Campaign President’s Report
6. Letters: Planning Magazine
7. Likable link: LandValueScape Update
8. What You Can Do: International Conference; Political Philosophy of Henry George
9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes
10. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News

* Coming Soon:

The 32nd North American Conference of the Council of
Georgist Organizations, July 30 – August 6, 2012, Next to
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Camp Hill Radisson
by Dan Sullivan, May 31, 2012

On Tuesday, July 31, at the Harrisburg Radisson Hotel, we intend to
debate ANY responsible leader of the anti-property-tax movement. If
nobody has the courage to support their claims in a debate format,
we will analyze video clips made by David Baldinger, head of the
Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition, and other opponents of
property tax reduction and show why their statements are mostly
misleading and sometimes simply false.

Don’t miss the deadline to register; be included in our bus tour of
Harrisburg and Hershey!
www.cgocouncil.org

1. (June 2012) Good Press 2, BBC – Ottawa Citizen,

BBC – Ottawa Citizen, February 18, 2012 by Frank de Jong, President, Earthsharing Canada Toronto Community’s fair share Re: Group decries land value plan, Feb. 12. I applaud Ottawa city council’s plan to capture some of the land value rise resulting from re-zoning and using it to improve community facilities. The proposed Section 37 guidelines will return to the community some of the wealth that results from new development or re-development. Quality new developments or warranted new infrastructure causes local land values to rise. Normally this “community-generated” wealth accrues to local land owners, but Section 37 will rightfully return some of it to the community. Collecting “unearned” land value rise (which economists call economic rent) is not “yet another form” of taxation – it is returning to the community what the community generated in the first place.

1. (June 2012) Good Press 1, A Land Value Tax for Wales?

A Land Value Tax for Wales? Labour AM Mark Drakeford led a short debate on LVT in the Welsh Assembly. http://tinyurl.com/7xg6ml4 (video) And there’s much more out of the UK, sent in by readers and collated from various Georgists lists and the LVT FaceBook group. Macmillan Lecture 2012: Nick Boles sets out ‘national mission’ for improving Britain’s competitiveness: http://tinyurl.com/72qjx5h Progressive Conservatives should support a Land Value Tax http://tinyurl.com/6mgqymv Practical Politics No.193 – December 2011 http://tinyurl.com/7q6gksl Labour Can Enhance Economic Credibility With an Alternative Budget http://tinyurl.com/6rk62ar OECD to Northern Europe: Raise Your Property Taxes! http://tinyurl.com/7aajjo9 Article by Samuel Brittan in the FT. Tax England’s green and pleasant land www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/1e98b4da-5d56-11e1-869d-00144feabdc0.html Time to talk about land taxes http://tinyurl.com/7pza7xv There’s been so much good press out of the UK lately that it’s getting harder and harder to resist hoping for fundamental reform there real soon!

1 bb. (June 2012) Biannual IU in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Biannual IU in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 15-18 Chief organizer Hector Sandler has recruited the ASAP, an NGO with over 300 members who all are graduates of public economy a major institution to affiliate with the International Union. Plus, other social NGOs will attend our conference.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BUENOS AIRES, 15 TO 18 MAY 2012 AT THE SCHOOL OF LAW (UBA)

The International Union for Land Value Taxation and Free Trade will hold its XXVIIIth International Biannual Conference, in the City of Buenos Aires, from 15 to 18 May 2012. The IU has appointed the Institute of Economic Training (Instituto de Capacitación Económica (ICE)) and the Argentine Association of Budget and Public Financial Administration (ASAP) as organizers of the meeting. Besides, it will support the International Association of Public Budget (ASIP) formed by a network of organizers similar to the ASAP, existing in different countries. The Conference will be held at the Main Hall of the School of Law, situated in Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 2263, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. This International Conference is called to review topics corresponding to the content in the title:

HOUSING, LAND AND SOCIAL INCLUSION A TAXATION SYSTEM TO ACHIEVE IT

The objective is to enrich and spread scientific knowledge about the relevant factors in the task of building up a fair and progressive economic order. The participants will propose, based on their countries’ experience, operative and realistic measures that enable to achieve social peace, individual freedom, economic growth, equitable wealth distribution, democracy, and social justice. Due to its content, the Conference will be multisectoral and transdisciplinary, as the idea is to overcome the segmentation of knowledge and to be able to program socially shared and self-sustainable solutions. For that purpose, institutions and different groups, although coincident, will be called to set a social order where the economic, political, legal and cultural aspects of life are consistent to one another.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE:

Individuals interested in submitting lectures at the Conference must send, before 30 December 2011, an abstract of their paper, with a maximum of 2,000 characters in A4 paper sheet size, with electronic support in Spanish, and, if possible, its translation into English. In addition, in a separate sheet, they must send their personal information to keep in contact with us. Those individuals only interested in attending the sessions of the International Conference, must send an email to the following email addresses, in order to receive the application forms and any other information needed: – ASAP: asap at asap.org.ar – ICE: ice_argentina at speedy.com.ar All the Georgists of Argentina hope that a crowd of Georgists from around the world will join them in Buenos Aires. To register for the conference, please contact Hector Sandler (hsandler at speedy.com.ar) and copy the accountant Gonzalo Lecuona (Secretary General of the ASAP) gonzalo_lecuona at me.com. Also, please send Hector the email addresses of others whom you think may like to receive an invitation. Thank you.

1 aa. (June 2012) The 32nd North American Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations

The 32nd North American Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations July 30 – August 6, 2012, Next to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Camp Hill Radisson Tentative Program Land value tax in Pennsylvania Land and race, from Thaddeus Stevens to Martin Luther King Sessions to make us more effective New Methods in Georgist Education Toastmaster-Style Speeches. Open Mike. Two public outreach sessions: – A panel on the hot Marcellus Shale controversy, focusing on collecting a royalty or severance tax and on including mineral rights in the property tax – A debate on whether to replace property tax with a non-real-estate tax Sue Walton, conference administrator, sns at swwalton.com

2. (June 2012) News: US land speculators

US land speculators see lucre in solar projects The conventional media sometimes cover the reform of tapping natural values for public benefit while de-taxing our efforts. To keep up to date, visit The Progress Report daily. Here is one of the latest articles: A new bubble on US rural land? A new reform of ownership from UK conservatives? Could the two trends converge? “UK Progressive Conservatives support a Land Tax” http://www.progress.org/2012/solarsit.htm To establish a shared frame of reference for a discussion about how to solve economic issues with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers, try sending them the progress.org link.

4a. (June 2012) Movement Progress: Africa Pipeline Summit

Africa Pipeline Summit by Dave Wetzel, General Secretary, The International Union February 14, 2012 I am speaking at the 2012 Africa Pipeline Summit in South Africa [ed. note: Dave’s headlining!] www.iqpc.com/Event.aspx?id=611716 . Reviewing how pipelines offer a viable and environmental alternative to the use of lorries and trucks for the transportation of oil & gas . Increasing land values with productivity and environmental improvements arising from greater use of pipelines . Understanding how an annual Land Value Tax would be an efficient way to harmonise social justice with economic efficiency My first speech couldn’t have been all bad as the organizers from Bahrein have invited to make a similar presentation at their Pipelines India Conference in June. I make my second contribution this afternoon. In the evening, dinner with Stephen Meintjes, a Georgist member of the School of Economic Science, and his wife Simone. I’m speaking to students at the school on Saturday morning. It’s not all work – spent time yesterday to visit a lion park and play with lion cubs trying to eat my shoes and shirt! (The cubs were not interested in LVT.)

5. (June 2012) Letter:

Groups Support Monetary Reform Bill Stephen Zarlenga, Director, American Monetary Institute January 29, 2012 The 29,000 member Chicago Teachers Union passed a resolution in strong support of Dennis Kucinich’s HR 2990 NEED Act (National Employment Emergency Defense), and the Quakers in Ohio (Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, AFSC) came out in support, too. Kucinich’s HR 2990 dismantles the Federal Reserve System, ends “fractional reserve” banking, and provides for funding for infrastructure. The Eighth Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference will be held at University Center in Chicago, September 20-23, 2012. http://www.monetary.org/2012-conference