In early 2019 Common Ground OR/WA engaged the Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC) at Portland State University to conduct a study of the effects of land value taxation in two contrasting Portland communities. The NERC study clearly reveals inequities caused by the tax assessment limitation mandated by Measure 50 that have compounded over the past 22 years. Among the parcels analyzed in the Inner Northeast (INE), the maximum assessed value (MAV) is only 29 percent of real market value (RMV); in Outer Southeast (OSE), the MAV/RMV ratio is a higher 55 percent – closer to true market value. This means OSE properties that have grown in real value at a slower rate are subject to a higher effective tax rate ($12.17 per 1,000 MAV) under the current tax system than INE properties ($7.29 per 1,000 MAV). For example, a $500,000 home at maximum assessed value located in INE is subject to a property tax of about $4,700; an equivalent property located in OSE would experience a tax of about $6,000. Property owners in OSE are making up the difference for the below market-based tax levies owed by INE owners.
Bankers generally don’t like surprises. But as CEO at the Bank of North Dakota, the only state-owned bank in the country, Eric Hardmeyer was pleasantly surprised to see the Federal Reserve taking a page out of his institution’s playbook to help deal with the unprecedented economic disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic.
After years of claiming to be a leader in climate action, California might be finally starting to step into its promised role — and it is bringing a secret weapon to the challeng
In the first few chaotic weeks of the Paycheck Protection Program, federal officials and banks throughout the country struggled to get bailout funds to small businesses as layoffs and furloughs climbed into the tens of millions. But there was one exception, a place where loans found their mark more quickly than any other: North Dakota….What’s their secret?
Every year, billions of dollars of public money flow through banks. Wallstreet Megabanks, often accused of prioritizing shareholder profits, control a total of $509 Billion in deposits and $4.3 Trillion in state and local pensions. Advocates for public banks want more of that money to benefit the community.
The little city of Hazen, North Dakota, population 2,300, is the kind of town where farming and ranching families often have a second income from a job at a power plant or a coal mine.
As a teenager, Christie Obenauer, née Huber, frequently made the hourlong drive from Hazen to Bismarck, the state capital, to go shopping with her sister. On the way, they’d usually make a stop to run an errand for their dad, who ran Union State Bank of Hazen.
It has been over a decade since the financial markets crashed in 2008, spurring foreclosure of homes, job loss for millions and economic destitution for many. The effects of this crisis are still being felt by working Americans, but for Wall Street these effects are spelled with a dollar sign.
At least 90 percent of the nation’s cities are facing a budget crisis because of the economic shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a mid-April report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities. Because municipal governments cannot run deficits, they will have to respond by cutting staff and programs, which will worsen the economic conditions of the cities they serve.
One hundred years ago July 28, a bank in Bismarck, N.D., opened its doors for the very first time. This would have been an unremarkable event, likely lost to history, except for the fact that it was a public bank, owned by all the residents of the state. A century on, the Bank of North Dakota (BND) is still the only publicly owned bank in the continental United States (a second public bank was recently established in American Samoa) — though potentially not for long.