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November 19, 2012

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February 21, 2011

The Center for the Study of Economics; has provided the necessary tools for me , to advocate for "Environmental and Economic Sustainability" at the county and national levels. more

November 19, 2012

The advocacy of Land Value Taxation through the Center for the Study of Economics; is the Morally Right Issue.

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Life-changing

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2012

February 21, 2011

The Center for the Study of Economics; has provided the necessary
tools for me , to advocate for "Environmental and Economic Sustainability" at the county and national levels.

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by observing the successes of existing municipalities.

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None.

November 19, 2012

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1 previous review
February 21, 2011

The mission of CSE is to encourage municipalities and states to use Land Value Taxation (lvt). lvt is taxing the value of land as opposed to taking income, sales and buildings. Land is the gift of ... more

November 19, 2012

The problem, all over the world is land. In most countries, perhaps all, most of the land is owned by a minority of the people, who use their ownership to deny access to the majority. CSE is the only organization, worldwide, that devotes its efforts to overcoming this problem. Seventeen cities in Pennsylvania, and many cities worldwide, tax buildings less and land values more, which is the solution to this worldwide problem. By shifting taxes off buildings, on to the value of land, the cost of holding the land idle in anticipation of value increases is increased, encouraging productive use of the land and, by lowering taxes on buildings, encourages the improvement of buildings. A double whammy! At no cost! Land values are created by the community through investment in schools, roads and other infrastructure. It is equitable therefore for the community to get a return on its investment by taxing the land value it creates. Building values are the result of people's investment. Reducing taxes on buildings encourages maintainence and more building. All in all. a great idea and a cause that cries out for more support and understanding

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February 21, 2011

The mission of CSE is to encourage municipalities and states to use Land Value Taxation (lvt). lvt is taxing the value of land as opposed to taking income, sales and buildings. Land is the gift of nature and contains no labor. A tax on land has no deadweight. The other taxes mentioned are all on labor and, as such, are a deadweight on the economy. By shifting taxes to land values, people keep more of what they earn and either spend it or savew it. Either way it helps the economy. The value of land is created by the investment of the community in roads, schools and other infrastructure. Therefore it is equitable to tax the value of land to give the community a return on its investment.

Shifting taxes off labor, on to land shifts taxes "up" and "in". It shifts taxes up because all valuable land is owned by wealthy individuals or corporations. Certainly the poor, who pay most of the sales tax, own no valuable land. Homeowners, by definition, own only the land under their houses. They would pay a modest land tax.

It shifts taxes in because the most valuable land is in the cities. Shifting to a land tax will take pressure off the clean and green countryside.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization. My home town, Lanesborough gets only 40% of its revenue from taxing land values. CSE has convinced 20 municipalities to use it. Two, Aliquippa and Claairton get 90% of their municipal revenue from taxing land vaues and one, Altoona gets 100% of its municipal revenu from taxing land values.

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If I had to make changes in this organization, I would hire more staff so that we could effectively reach more potential users. We have only a small endowment. We have one full time employee, the Executive Director, and three part time employees. That's all we can afford.

November 19, 2012

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November 19, 2012

This organization enabled our group to identify and better understand just how property taxes wokr. Thanks to their help, our community now has a land value tax that ensures the costs I spend to upgrade the exterior of my property don't result in an increased property tax at the end of the year.

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October 17, 2012
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1 previous review
February 25, 2011

CSE has been the world leader in helping local governments to be a practical help to its community through constuctive tax policy reform. Most local governments tax the wrong people for the wrong rea... more

October 17, 2012
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The Center for the Study of Economics, in Philadelphia, PA is the world leader in helping communities convert from the property tax to a tax on land value exempting all buildings such as homes , offices , factories, stores, warehouses, and farm buildings, saving building owners millions and millions of dollars in property taxes, by gradually, over several years, shifting taxs off of buildings and onto land, thus encouraging investment in buildings and labor and discouraging holding valuable land idle.

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2012

February 25, 2011

CSE has been the world leader in helping local governments to be a practical help to its community through constuctive tax policy reform. Most local governments tax the wrong people for the wrong reasons; by following the advice of CSE they can limit the harm and expand the good that they do for the community as a whole. What Milton Freidman called the "least bad of all taxes" not only funds local government, but it actually influences investors to help out the community with additional investment.

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Through many years.

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Raise more funds.

February 23, 2012

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February 21, 2011

Josh Vincent of the Center for Study of Economics travels to St. Louis, MO to help us explain better ways to improve the attractiveness of our region by removing taxes from productive activity and der... more

February 23, 2012

CENTER FOR STUDY OF ECONOMICS has been very helpful for our organization (Public Revenue Education Council - St. Louis, MO). We rely on them for up -to- date, accurate, and insightful research for proposals we make to government agencies.

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2012

February 21, 2011

Josh Vincent of the Center for Study of Economics travels to St. Louis, MO to help us explain better ways to improve the attractiveness of our region by removing taxes from productive activity and deriving revenue only from the location value of land that is caused by our community's creative activity. We really appreciate their dedication to this important change in thinking. We need reform in the system NOW and Josh and the Center are doing just that.


Don KIlloren, donkilloren@att.net 314 650 3623

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East St. Louis Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri

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I would find ways to raise more money to extend its work.

March 4, 2011

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March 4, 2011

Only the Center for the Study of Economics has the knowledge to solve the world's economic problems, starting with localities and then states.
Yes, tax land assessments rather than what workers and corporations produce, but only CSE knows how to levy such a tax and get it
adopted.
CSE has numerous empirical studies proving this claim - and has actually done it for 25 cities.

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t....he field of urban studies.

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Changes are not required. Better financing, of course, would bring many CSE benefits to many more cities and states. Down with Deficits!!

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

C for SE, aka HGFA, is, for want of a less icky word, noble in its purpose. It is the leading, if not the only, organization I know of that strives for practical application of the great insight of Henry George, as stated in his historic book, Progress and Poverty. George's thesis has been supported by such people as Sun Yat Sen, GBS, Churchill--the list goes on. Human nature being what is, nowever, the idea faces an uphill struggle. C for SE is in the forefront of that struggle and deserves and needs the help of all people wlth justice in their hearts.
Larry Greenfield

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I've observed victories for this idea in various small communities. Awaiting for results in Philadelphia. My sister lives there, and if the opportunity arises for me to say something, and they want me to do so, I'm prepared to do so.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Support one political change: the formation of a separate category, especially for urban land, called 'Vacant Land'. And then to have it taxed at current market rates. Presently, vacant land is taxed ridiculously at low rates. In NYC alone, this would increase City income by Billions, not millions, of dollars--instead of reducing needed services. The current policy of being non-political, is generally sound. But in this isolated case, I think an exception is called for.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

The Center for the Study of Economics, a national organization, works locally to combat poverty. Most towns and cities lack the money to provide their citizens fully healthy and productive lives. CSE shows how inefficient policies, especially on taxes, rob people of their birthright.

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part of its mission, CSE offers help by studying a municipality's needs and goals, its commerce, and, most important, its buildings, its residences, and its land. When this data is compared with the local fiscal practice, glaring errors are usually found: too much money collected from too many people, not enough from a few people or firms.

The Center for the Study of Economics has lowered poverty in more than 20 municipalities, cutting their taxes on much real estate, while raising them on that which has been underassessed. The aim is to tax the value of local land used for work and for homes at a rate that pays its fair share of the community's benefits and costs, enabllng a better quality of life when many residents get lower tax bills.

The assistance of the Center for the Study of Economics is of high quality, with followup provided when possible. The CSE believes poverty results from policies that can be changed, once the relationship between taxes and land is clear. Shifting taxes so that more come from a municipality's land itself and fewer from its people, houses, and offices or factories can be simple, compared with challenging complex evasions used by those who try to avoid paying their fair share. When evasion succeeds, everyone else loses.

CSE acts locally to help the United Nations reach one of its most vital goals globally--to reduce poverty.

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I've seen the achievements of CSE at the local level, have worked to educate at national and international levels, and have assisted with publication of books and pamphlets that advocate economic justice through this fiscal reform.

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hope it finds enough money to expand and promote its mission.

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

CSE is doing important work of a kind that few other organizations do. Many organizations address symptoms, but CSE's work addresses the systemic root causes of both economic decline and economic growth, while recommending policies to counteract the former and encourage the latter. Their recommendations are evidence-based, relying on sound theory, proven best practices, and common sense -- values all too often missing from the policy arena. They provide tools which could be applied on a national scale, but also can help a great deal at the local and State levels -- the very places where the most acute fiscal pain is being felt today. A win for CSE would help them to continue and expand their important work at a time when it's needed most.

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I've met individuals associated with CSE at conferences and have benefited by hearing them speak, studying their literature on local economic development, and taking ideas and data which could be helpful to a similar campaign in my own city.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it a lot more money!

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

The Center for the Study of Economics is definitely an organization where so few do so much for so many. The average citizen benefits continually from the tax reforms that CSE assists in accomplishing by way of the Land Value Tax, which to my mind is really a user fee for natural resources. As a government revenue source, this user fee is the best way to eliminate the diseconomies of income, sales, improvement, and other taxes on production. It is very compatible with Smart Growth objectives for city and country, and would achieve them mostly through the change in economic incentive. That incentive is very good with its Goldie Locks effect, one cannot pick up their land and run with it to where taxes are lower. In order to reduce the relative financial burden, one has to take the land to its highest and best use at that economic location…and here comes Goldie Locks, if it is taken to a higher than best use there is a financial burden in lost profit for a business poorly located or the extra cost transportation and such for the home owner. This is the message along with contact information for The Center for the Study of Economics that I pass on to politicians, ecologists, teachers, et cetera that I meet here and there.

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In my own interest in Social Ecology and the Libertarian party outreach to the ""left" I have done considerable research for this outreach and have seen numerous results for towns similar to the benefits of Land Value Taxation for Harrisburg PA. The concept of land use fee or natural resource fee has always come through as a good idea no matter what mental thought exercise in the flaws of nature I put to it for the test.

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More funding is one help that is needed. I feel that a little broader presentation as to the benefit of tax/user fee of natural resources and not just land would help the public understand better. Linking up with other groups that user fees would help reach their goals, such as Smart Growth, Anti-Sprawl, and Family Agriculture groups could get some synergy. In Maryland a similar coalition of the Libertarians, Greens, and Contitutionalists got a better third party access to the ballot.

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