Disruptors fear province doesn’t welcome new ideas
AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani discusses whether city rankings carry any real value when considering the wide variety of city ranking lists and their sources.
That’s too bad. Because previous studies by these same experts — Slack and Kitchen — have found that income taxes are a growing replacement for property taxes in other parts of the world, according to a 2012 paper by Juanita Spencer of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. Spencer’s paper was one of three released by AIMS, the then Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce and the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives when they jointly argued, in February, 2013, that property tax itself needs to be replaced as a way of funding municipalities.
Vancouver’s recently passed legislation outlawing round doorknobs for new construction, favouring protruding levers instead, seems enlightened and compassionate toward those with limited manual dexterity such as the elderly. Coun. Jennifer Watts promises similar enlightenment for Haligonians.
AIMS President & CEO Charles Cirtwill and Christine Saulnier from the CCPA-NS chatted about the Nova Scotia provincial budget with Jordi Morgan on News 95.7's Maritime Morning.
The debate about HRM property taxes makes for interesting theory but avoids some difficult questions. An unlikely trio of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce, and Atlantic Institute for Market Studies has called for some or all of the property-based taxes to be replaced by a provincially administered income tax.