Taxes

August 31, 2016, 9am PDT
If you live in Detroit, Atlanta, Seattle, or Los Angeles, you have more to look forward to in November than choosing Donald or Hillary. Major decisions concerning regional transportation are on the line.
Governing
March 7, 2016, 9am PST
The Golden State attracts high-end workers, while its high housing costs cause a disproportionate number of low and middle income workers to flee the state. The non-profit think tank, Next 10, delves into this crisis in three new reports.
Next 10
June 20, 2015, 11am PDT
Big-box retailers' new tactic to slash their taxes is the latest example of why cities are better off saying no to the boxes and cultivating Main Streets instead.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
January 2, 2015, 1pm PST
The price of cars in the country of India will increase—a lot—as the government rolls back tax breaks.
BBC News India
November 27, 2013, 9am PST
A plan to eliminate a tax loophole on more than 10,500 vacant lots across New York City could help contribute to the mayor-elect's affordable housing goals.
Crains New York Business
August 21, 2013, 5am PDT
In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley argue that its time for educational institutions to pay their fare share of taxes to support the communities in which they reside.
The Wall Street Journal
Blog post
July 4, 2013, 1pm PDT
American reliance on property taxes leads to NIMBYism and periodic tax revolts, thus impeding both development and basic public services.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
April 11, 2013, 3pm PDT
Some argue that if something is not directly contributing to our public coffers, why protect it? Perhaps it’s worth broadening our understanding of the services – and tax implications – provided by parks.
Steven Snell
January 29, 2013, 1pm PST
Montreal recently doubled a special tax assessed on non-residential downtown parking lots in the hopes of spurring residential development. But could the tax drive employers out to the suburbs?
The Gazette (Montreal)
October 4, 2012, 12pm PDT
A new report documents the rise of payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) made by non-profits to cities desperate for new revenue. Although they've gained notice by cash-strapped cities, the report indicates PILOTs typically generate little revenue.
At Lincoln House
Blog post
August 7, 2012, 10am PDT

In the early 1990s, transportation politics at both the state and federal levels was often fairly simple: an all-powerful Road Gang (made up of real estate developers and road contractors) typically got whatever it wanted, rolling over a much weaker pro-transit coalition of environmentalists and urban politicians.

Michael Lewyn
April 23, 2012, 12pm PDT
<em>The Wall Street Journal's</em> obsession with planning in California continued this past weekend, as they asked Joel Kotkin, demographer and "Truman Democrat", to discuss what he believes is driving "the great California exodus".
The Wall Street Journal
December 30, 2011, 12pm PST
A group of lawyers in California has filed a lawsuit to overturn the two-thirds legislative voting requirement of Proposition 13, the law that limits increases in the state's taxes -- but not property taxes.
San Francisco Chronicle
August 17, 2011, 8am PDT
Delinquent properties are scattered throughout Philadelphia, and they collectively owe nearly $500 million in taxes. This is a major problem for the city, and new legislation is hoping to tackle it.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 5, 2011, 6am PDT
County of Riverside Supervisor Jeff Stone proposes breaking up California in order to form a new "State of South California."
LA Times
March 20, 2011, 5am PDT
Salt Lake City is aggressively expanding its light rail network thanks to a voter approved tax increase. This post wonders whether the city could follow mimic a proposed plan in Los Angeles to speed up the use of those taxes.
The Source
January 18, 2011, 10am PST
Rome has instituted a new tax on tourists aimed at building a fund to restore its crumbling infrastructure. But some worry it will drive tourists away.
Der Spiegel
December 27, 2010, 7am PST
In an attempt to avoid new debt and decrease existing budget deficits, many cash-strapped cities and states are levying a host of new fees that don't provide exemption to nonprofits such as churches, schools, and charities.
The Wall Street Journal
November 23, 2010, 11am PST
In California, passage of Proposition 26 has raised the question of whether fees used for public services will be jeopardized at the local level. Some argue most fees will be unaffected, but others could take a hit.
The Sacramento Bee
November 12, 2010, 7am PST
Voters in Indiana were set to vote on a referendum to raise money for an ambitious $2.4 billion transit plan, but now the state's Republican leaders say they'll block the effort.
The Indianapolis Star