Taxes

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.
Nov 27, 2013   Crains New York Business
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.
Aug 21, 2013   The Wall Street Journal
A recent article in the Economist suggests that property taxes are more pro-growth than other taxes, because property taxes are more stable than other sources of Opinion
Jul 4, 2013   By Michael Lewyn
A recent Smithsonian retrospective featured records from the 1970s Environmental Protec Opinion
Apr 11, 2013   By Steven Snell
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?
Jan 29, 2013   The Gazette (Montreal)
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.
Oct 4, 2012   At Lincoln House
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. Opinion
Aug 7, 2012   By Michael Lewyn
<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".
Apr 23, 2012   The Wall Street Journal
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.
Dec 30, 2011   San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Aug 17, 2011   The Philadelphia Inquirer
County of Riverside Supervisor Jeff Stone proposes breaking up California in order to form a new "State of South California."
Jul 5, 2011   LA Times