Welcome to the Web site of Common Ground OR-WA, the Oregon-Washington chapter of
Common Ground USA, commonground-usa.net.
We promote legislation that democratizes use of natural resources in these two states --
that treats the natural resources of a jurisdiction as a commonwealth for all of the legal residents.
We promote the taxation of private use of nature (taxing a negative effect on society).
This tax has to be high enough to encourage price stability and discourage speculation and sprawl, but not so high that an "ownership" contract (e.g. deed, corporate charter) is easily abandoned.
Hearings on land, on carbon
The carbon tax study/task force bill, SB 306, will come up for a work session in the Senate next week, April 24, a Wednesday at 1 PM. Tell them, or hear experts tell them, about its revenue potential, power to streamline the economy, and the need for a dividend. Hopefully, the land tax study bill, HB 2509, will get another hearing, too. Its first hearing is on legislative audio. In the UK, Parliament has heard a similar bill once and will again.
Massachusetts & New York
In Lanesborough MA the question of accepting LVT is on the agenda of a special town meeting coming up. Town meetings have been a cradle of democracy, so just maybe ... Out of nearby New York City, HQ of the Schalkenbach Fdn, is a new video, On Solid Ground. How'd you like to see it in a theater then discuss the them?
Radio host Jo Ann Hardesty, an ex-legislator, on Thursday April 18 interviewed Common Ground‘s two Jeff’s, 8-9AM. Download it here. The magazine covering the rebirth of public commons has published us for the first time. To the left check out "Urban Land". From there you can go to the original articles. Read, enjoy, and leave your feedback!