The October issue of 2012's quarterly magazine Land lines (Vol 24, not 4) is available for free download at the Lincoln Institute page.
The featured articles examine the following topics related to land use and tax policy:
Inherited pension costs and municipal government finances
Written by Richard F. Dye and Tracy M. Gordon
The article comes to an interesting effect, in these times when countries are pushing for the decentralization of resources from the central level, while local management is required to be professional in issues that include borrowing capacity.
And the municipal government pensions have a low level of funding because many of these governments have not reserved enough funds each year to cover the liabilities generated. Indeed, governments are currently applying for loans to pay for ongoing services of the workers and transfer the burden to future taxpayers.
In the end, when the state has no resources, it transfers into bonds with which the municipalities do not find what to do ... and in many cases have almost embargoed the transfer.
Creative Conservation: Reflections on a Path to the Future
Written by Bob Bendick
The challenge of conservation that lies ahead, against all odds and whether we like it or not, is to create a future for the benefit of people, based on respect and understanding of the different values of nature in many more places of the U.S.
Changes in land use and economic growth in China
Canfei He, Zhiji Huang and Weikai Wang
From the implementation of its economic reform, China has followed a model of growth based on intensive resources, in which the soil plays a decisive role in sustaining the rapid economic growth. In China, land is not only the result of economic growth, but also its driving force.
In passing the number also presents other content, among which the new book stands out: Made to walk: Density and shape of the neighborhood.