The Year in Land Policy: 2014
From Ferguson to Medellin, 2014 has been a year of tumult and promise for cities. Global urbanization continued to pose a challenge for making life better for the poor; Legacy Cities including St. Louis and of course Detroit plotted regeneration; value capture, shared equity housing, and the land value tax gained ground. Top experts from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy reflected on what they considered the top stories of the year.
The critical role of property tax in K-12 education
The property tax has a bedrock role in the funding of K-12 education, and the Lincoln Institute is proud to make new research freely available on the subject in a special issue of the journal Education Finance and Policy. Eight articles in the Fall 2014 issue of the journal can be downloaded without charge from the website of the Association of Education Finance and Policy. A fresh look at the intersection of the property tax and school finance is important for several reasons: revenues devoted to public education have fallen in recent years, revenue growth is sluggish in many states, and there are diminished prospects for increased federal funding for K-12 education. Local school districts will be under growing pressure to increase property taxes or to turn to alternative sources of local government revenue.
Academic institutions are becoming Conservation Catalysts
Efforts to protect jaguar habitats from Mexico to Argentina, coastal areas in southern Australia, and vital ecosystems along the Colorado River all have one thing in common: academic institutions have become the lynchpin to making these initiatives happen. The strategic role of these institutions, from colleges and universities to research institutes and field stations, is documented in a new volume published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Conservation Catalysts: The Academy as Nature’s Agent, edited by James N. Levitt. The book is being launched officially today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.
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