Why So Little Georgism in America: Using the Pennsylvania Case Files to Understand the Slow, Uneven Progress of Land Value Taxation

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Citation: Mark Alan Hughes (2006) Why So Little Georgism in America: Using the Pennsylvania Case Files to Understand the Slow, Uneven Progress of Land Value Taxation.


Wikidata: Q80140190

Download: https://www.lincolninst.edu/sites/default/files/pubfiles/1275_hughes_final.pdf

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Summary:

Detailed narratives of debate around split-value property tax with land value taxed higher in four Pennsylvania cities: rescission in Pittsburgh, successful introduction in Allentown and Harrisburg, and unsuccessful introduction in York.

Three tentative conclusions

  1. analytic support offered by advocates can help set the table for local debates
  2. this kind of analysis can be swept away in the heat of a larger political campaign
  3. the fundamental issue in LVT ultimately implicates bedrock ideas about property ownership
  4. without a well-informed and consistently reaffirmed public consensus on the taxation of land value, LVT mechanisms are vulnerable