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  •  An important consideration: taxing power. (1+ / 0-)
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    We'll have to look at state constitutions to see how much leeway they allow counties re: what to tax. In some states (most?) counties are probably restricted to property and sales taxes. So coming up with a progressive tax system would be trickier than just adjusting income tax rates, as could be done on a national or state level. And a greenhouse tax might or might not be possible.

    Still worth exploring.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 07:11:27 AM PDT

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    •  it's all worth exploring. (3+ / 0-)

      In any case there are always fees in addition to taxes, and those could be structured progressively.  And there are municipal utilities as well, that can include electricity and telecoms as well as water and sewer.  The fee structures of all of these can be designed with progressive goals in mind (e.g. exponentially increasing garbage collection fees for excessive quantities of non-recyclable waste per household, ditto water and electricity).  

      But the key to the proverbial kingdom is to create the conditions where there is a robust and resilient and sustainable private sector to produce viable jobs at dignified wages, and from that, everything else follows.  This can be done fully within the scope of progressive enterprise such as workers' coops and locally-owned small businesses.  

      A municipality can also create a local currency, which by its nature will strengthen local commerce.

      Once you have a strong progressive enterprise base and local prosperity, the revenues raised through property taxes, municipal bond measures, sales taxes, and so on, will necessarily increase.  Voters will vote for increases because they can afford them, and they see the benefits.  

      Where there is a will, there is a way.

      I'm in Oakland California so we have the San Francisco Bay Area to work with.  I take it you're in the Southeast based on the Google map you posted.  If we have regional examples in every major region, they can serve as attractors to voters throughout that region.  We need that for the pragmatic reason that people generally do not like to move to regions that are distant from where they came from or that have significantly different climates than what they grew up with.  

      I'd say this is a worthwhile project and deserves to be promoted further.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 07:36:30 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks! (0+ / 0-)

        FWIW I live in Smyrna, GA (Atlanta suburbs) but work from home and could do that from anywhere. But I'm not interested in relocating far from family, who are mostly in west & north GA.

        The most tempting targets on the Blue County Project Google map seem to me Taliaferro (pronouned "toliver") County and Stewart County. Low, low, low populations; high % AA; proximity to decent-size cities.

        Columbus, GA by the way (nearest big city to Stewart Co.) has a Democratic mayor who seems to be doing a good job, and she seems to be popular. Wouldn't be surprised if she runs for Gov. some day.

        Oh, and Columbus is the barbecue capital of the universe. Mmmmmm.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 08:19:29 AM PDT

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