Forget Special Abatements. It’s Time for Universal Abatements on Property Improvements

(Cross-posted from Keystone Politics) Gary Lewis likes the land tax idea for Scranton, but proposes a 4 mill tax on the purchase price of a property. This is similar to what Philadelphia is proposing to do with the Actual Value Initiative (AVI), where properties will be assessed based on sale price: Tax the purchase price [...]

Low-Information Voters Stay Home

The stakes of the 2012 election are very high. The long term direction of America’s tax policies and health care policies are on the ballot. The safety net programs, particularly Medicare and Medicaid, are on the ballot. The divide between the candidates on the big issues is very wide, and this will have large consequences [...]