Trends in public finance examined at Land Policy Conference June 1-2, 2009

quinta-feira, Maio 21, 2009

For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Flint 617-661-3016 x116

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 20, 2009) – Potential responses to the seismic changes in public finance, as state and local governments struggle to stay solvent, will be the focus of the fourth annual Land Policy Conference, The Changing Landscape of Local Public Revenues, the 2009 Land Policy Conference sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge June 1-2.

“State and local governments are confronting budget challenges that are staggering. We are witnessing, in this economic downturn, a kind of slow-motion train wreck,” said Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute. “We believe these governments can benefit from the new ideas and practices discussed at this conference.”

Budgetary strains and the responses to them in the current downturn are likely to affect state and local service provision, taxes, and the speed and character of development for many years.

Following a keynote address by Robert P. Inman, University of Pennsylvania, on local revenue sources and cities, panels will address trends in local government revenues and local fiscal autonomy, creative designs of the “patchwork quilt” of municipal finance, local-option sales and income tax, impact fees, business improvement districts, tax increment financing, and the role of homeowners associations.

Jeffrey I. Chapman, Arizona State University, will also make a presentation on new methods of infrastructure finance, and Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez, Harvard University, will address prospects for private finance of highways in the U.S. A final session will explore the performance of new and old revenue tools, and how changing revenue sources may fundamentally change the role of local government

Other speakers include John E. Anderson, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; James Edwin Benton, University of South Florida; Richard Briffault and Lynne B. Sagalyn, Columbia University; Leah Brooks and Michael Smart, University of Toronto; Gregory S. Burge and Cynthia L. Rogers,, University of Oklahoma; Jose Carbajo, Frontier Economics; Ron Cheung, Florida State University; Robert J. Eger and Richard C. Feiock, Florida State University; William F. Fox, University of Tennessee; Tracy M. Gordon, University of Maryland; Jocelyn M. Johnston, American University; Rachel Meltzer, New York University; David F. Merriman, University of Illinois at Chicago; John L. Mikesell, Indiana University-Bloomington; Carol O’Cleireacain, The Brookings Institution; Michael A. Pagano, University of Illinois at Chicago; Kim Rueben, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Institute and Urban Institute; Albert Saiz, University of Pennsylvania; Paulo Henrique Sandroni, Getúlio Vargas Foundation and Sandroni Consultores; William Simonsen and Mark D. Robbins, University of Connecticut; David L. Sjoquist, Georgia State University; Mark Skidmore, Michigan State University; Margaret Walls, Resources for the Future; Michael J. Wasylenko, Syracuse University; and David E. Wildasin, University of Kentucky.

Papers and presentations from last year’s Land Policy Conference, on property rights, has been compiled in a book also published this month, Property Rights and Land Policies [496 pages; Inventory ID 188-0; English; ISBN 978-1-55844-188-0 ], edited by Gregory K. Ingram and Yu-Hung Hong.

At that conference, international scholars from disciplines including economics, law, political science, and planning discussed topics such as regulatory takings; the use of eminent domain and expropriation in land assembly; the emergence of private property rights in transitional economies; marketable emission permits; natural resource management; and the impacts of tenure choice on land and housing development. The volume is organized following three broad themes -- the linkages between the design principles for property rights institutions and the political and cultural history of China, Estonia, Russia, the United States, and Vietnam; private property rights, the public interest, and compensation for eminent domain and regulatory takings in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and selected Western European countries; and the effectiveness and fairness of using varied property rights approaches to poverty reduction, environmental conservation, and affordable housing.

The volumes on the Land Policy Conference from previous years are Land Policies and Fiscal Decentralization, based on the 2007 conference, and Land Policies and Their Outcomes, based on the 2006 conference.

For an agenda and to attend The Changing Landscape of Local Public Revenues, June 1-2 at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, and for review copies of all conference volumes, please contact Anthony Flint at The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land.

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