Category Archives: Economy

#PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak

I don’t want this piece to be misconstrued as my official public support of Tom Wolf, but as I was reading Politics PA’s piece the other night about the recent attack by the PA GOP on Wolf’s business record, I had to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, LGBT / Gay Rights, Miscellany, Social Services

Happy Tax Confusion Day

I write this blog post every year, but basically the Tax Foundation’s “Tax Freedom Day” promotion is a trick intended to falsely benchmark middle class people’s economic interests to wealthy people’s economic interests. The crux of the issue is that … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy

Parks: Should People Be Allowed to Have Fun in Them?

Bethlehem sure does have some nutty old park rules, but luckily for people who like fun Councilwoman Karen Dolan’s plans to revamp them would go a long way toward correcting some of this silliness. Especially the open container component. It’s … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Land Use

Gilberton Dissolves Police Department

The departure of that nut Mark Kessler left Gilberton without a functioning police department, so now they’re just disbanding it: Ordinance 2014-1 reads, “Whereas the council of the Borough of Gilberton has agreed that it can no longer maintain a … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Social Services

#PAGov: McCord Calls for a 10% Severance Tax

This is more like it. Rob  McCord’s 10% severance tax is twice what Allyson Schwartz proposed, and is much more in line with what the “Saudi Arabia” of natural gas should be charging. The McCord campaign estimates that the new levy would … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Environment, Governor, Land Use

To Address Doctor Shortage, Nurse Practitioners Bill is a Must-Pass

This bill allowing state certified (think about that) nurse practitioners to practice without a doctor’s oversight has been introduced by a few Republican legislators, but every single Democrat should be on bill 1063, especially those claiming to be progressives. Here’s … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Elections, Governor, Health, State House, State Senate

Why Are There So Many SEPTA Unions?

I would think that having SEPTA on one side of the negotiations, and a bunch of different unions on the other would weaken labor’s negotiating power. Another question I have is whether the fragmentation in labor representation makes some types … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Labor and Unions, Transportation

Higher Parking Turnover Is Good For Downtown Business Districts

Downtown businesses used to know this, but when you only have a limited amount of space in your core downtown, you need high parking turnover at curb spaces to get enough people through the door. Most people who come into your … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use, Transportation

Why PA’s Urban Areas Can’t Have Nice Things

A few comments on this post noted that school district consolidation at the county level wouldn’t do anything for Philadelphia, and that’s true. Philly already has a countywide school district. But this gets at the political problem with having varied … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use, Transportation

#PAGov: All Democratic Candidates Support Bill Peduto in the PUC Fight Over Lyft

As I pointed out yesterday, the dispute over ride-sharing rules between Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission isn’t really a city issue. It’s a state issue because the Governor appoints members to the PUC. So since … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor, Transportation