Category Archives: Economy

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

Bill Peduto wants the Pennsylvania Utility Commission to change its policies to legalize not only these new ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber, but also other paratransit services like jitneys that the PUC currently bans. Cars are dangerous, which is … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor, Transportation

Bob Brady’s Base Is Going Down Rico-Style

Via Neema Roshania: According to an indictment unsealed on Tuesday, 10 members of Ironworkers Local 401 were charged with “allegedly participating in a conspiracy to commit criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault, in order to force … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor, Philadelphia 2015

Tipped Minimum Wage Reform Must Be Paired With Liquor License Reform

Just like how overpriced popcorn and soda cross-subsidize movie tickets at movie theaters, the alcohol menu cross-subsidizes the food in most restaurant business models outside of our backwards state. The alcohol menu cross-subsidizes the food at a small minority of … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor

#PA13: Social Security Becomes a Top Issue

Nick Field writes a very generous political history of Marjorie Margolies’s long tightrope walk on raising the Social Security retirement age. My takeaway is that Democratic politics has changed enough that she *probably* wouldn’t support raising the retirement age again, … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, US House

Peduto Rebuffs Yellow Cab Whiners

Sorry Halfie,¬†looks like whining about “allow[ing] competitors to nibble away at our business” isn’t getting you anywhere with this administration: On Wednesday, Kevin Acklin, chief of staff for Mr. Peduto, said the Democratic mayor supports introducing Lyft and similar companies … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Transportation

#PAGov: The Program Allyson Schwartz Traded Food Stamp Cuts For Doesn’t Even Work

Allyson Schwartz’s campaign argues the reason she was the only House Democrat from PA to vote for the massive food stamp cuts in the farm bill (which hit PA extra hard) is because the Republicans let her insert a pet … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor

Young Progressive Cathy Reuscher Selected for Bethlehem City Council Vacancy

Excellent news for Bethlehem: Bethlehem City Council on Monday picked Cathy Reuscher, a founder and member of the Bethlehem Food Co-op, to replace veteran Councilman Robert Donchez, who resigned last month to become mayor [...] “I really love the city … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use

#PAGov: Allyson Schwartz’s Food Stamp Vote is a BFD

Just to clarify the Allyson Schwartz food stamp cuts controversy, our argument is that the Congresswoman’s job was done once she got her fresh food financing provision into the bill. The vote for the final bill means she thinks that … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor, Health

#PAGov: Allyson Schwartz is the Only Democrat on Charlie Debt and Tom Corbett’s CHIP Bill

People like CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) because they like the idea of children having health insurance. I love that idea too, and it’s very hard for Randian dead-enders to morally argue against. That’s exactly why the original CHIP … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor, Health

The Booze Market We Need

This Letter to the Editor of the Tribune-Review sums it up: Here’s the deal: Anyone with a simple retail business license can buy liquor in bulk and sell it at retail for whatever price the market will bear. No special … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Health, Labor and Unions