Why So Little Georgism in America: Using the Pennsylvania Case Files to Understand the Slow, Uneven Progress of Land Value Taxation
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.
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
- analytic support offered by advocates can help set the table for local debates
- this kind of analysis can be swept away in the heat of a larger political campaign
- the fundamental issue in LVT ultimately implicates bedrock ideas about property ownership
- without a well-informed and consistently reaffirmed public consensus on the taxation of land value, LVT mechanisms are vulnerable