Monthly Archives: June 2014

Intern With Keystone Politics! Young Muckrakers Needed to Help Flip the State Senate

Do you like writing on the Internet? Are you maybe a little evil, or at least interested in learning how to think like an evil person? Do you want to help Keystone Politics knock a big chunk off the Republican … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, State Senate

The Single Biggest Problem With the Harrisburg Draft Zoning Plan

There is a lot to like about the city of Harrisburg’s new draft zoning plan. Raised height limits, lowered parking requirements, ease of administration, and the expansion of the downtown. There is one problem though which overshadows all of the rest -The … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Transportation

Loosening Street Food Regulations Helps Poor People

Food trucks have acquired something of a yuppie brand in recent years, because yuppies like to buy the food, but on the business owner side mobile food vending is anything but a yuppie pursuit. It’s really hard work! Policymakers need … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Issues

#PABudget: Can Corbett Even Deliver GOP Votes for Cigs-for-Pensions Hostage Trade?

One under-explored wrinkle in the unfolding Philly school funding hostage negotiations is whether Tom Corbett can even credibly promise to deliver the Republican votes to release the hostage – the local option cigarette tax. “I would encourage the delegation, the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

The “On-Time Budget” Metric: Who Actually Gives a Crap?

Why is this a thing anybody is interested in? What matters is what’s in the budget, not when it gets voted on. I don’t get it. Is it that this is an “objective” metric that journalists feel comfortable using to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

How Can Democrats “Sabotage” the #PABudget Talks When They Don’t Control Anything?

This talking point makes no sense: But in recent days, Corbett, the state Republican Party and other Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to sabotage budget talks to help Corbett’s opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf, win the Nov. 4 election. There … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

Shorter Charles Zogby: Soak the Pensions or the Kid Gets It

It’s worth taking a step back to unpack what’s happened here. PA Republicans scrapped the Rendell funding formula that would have given about $360 million more to Philadelphia schools each year if we were still using it, and topped up … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

We’re Probably Getting Another Nasty All-Cuts #PABudget

The latest on the budget is that House Democrats voted unanimously against the House Republicans’ budget, which is full of gimmicks and one-time revenues, and now it’s the Senate’s turn. As I’ve been pointing out, Republicans are relying on Democrats … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

What Are We Getting For All This? PA Has Higher Alcohol-Related Death Rates Than NY, NJ, and MD.

If Pennsylvania’s anti-competitive regulations are any good at preventing alcohol abuse, how come states with more competitive retailing like New Jersey, New York, and Maryland all have lower rates of alcohol-attributable deaths? The answer, of course, is that anti-competitive regulations … More after the jump

Posted in Health, Issues

Harrisburg’s Draft Zoning Plan’s Best Changes

There is a renewed push in city hall to pass a significant zoning code overhaul and I am really happy to hear it. The current code, after being amended 31 times between it’s adoption in 1950 and now, was explained to be, by city planner Geoffrey Knight, appearing … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Miscellany