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.
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!
The LVTfan Blog by Wyn Achenbaum, February 22, 2012 I’m serializing Ernest H. Crosby’s “The Earth-for-All Calendar,” a circa 1900 “birthday book” with a quote or two, occasionally three, per day and room to write in the names of one’s friends whose birthdays fall on each date. The book contained 365 days’ worth, but I’ve found an extra month’s worth published elsewhere, so this should run through next January. Some of the quotes are familiar to Georgists, but I’ve been introduced to many I didn’t know. And I continue to post other items to the blog as inspiration and time permit. If you see something you like, by all means share it with others! http://lvtfan.typepad.com/
Edit the LVTfan Blog by Wyn Achenbaum, February 22, 2012 I’ve started a series called “The Land Questions” which I hope to put on a website of their own when they’ve been honed a bit. They’re mostly multiple choice questions intended to encourage thought about land-related issues. At the moment, I think I’ve got about 70, though I may edit some out. To date, I’ve posted 22. There is no particular sequence to them. I’d be grateful for any editing or additions you might suggest, via the comments opportunity on the blog. http://lvtfan.typepad.com/