Category Archives: Regional Politics

Municipal Consolidation is About Capacity and Equity, Not Lower Taxes

There’s a reason that the local governments with highest per-capita costs in New Jersey are both the richest and the poorest. The richest areas want more and better services, and the poorest areas have increased need for the most expensive … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues, Regional Politics, Social Services

PA Working Families Makes its First Endorsement

New-to-Pennsylvania progressive organization Pennsylvania Working Families has been quietly plugging away this year, collecting signatures to put a local education control question on the ballot in Philly for this fall, and campaigining on minimum wage  in suburban Philly Republican districts , and now they’re … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Education, Greater Philadelphia, State Politics

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

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

Takeaways From the Harrisburg Area’s New Transportation Spending Plan

The Harrisburg Area Transportation Study Coordinating Committee’s list of approved projects were released last week. Major projects on the 2015-2018 TIP include, but are not limited to: • $146.5 million in roadway projects, including signal improvements, resurfacing and safety improvements  • $120.7 … More after the jump

Posted in Harrisburg / South Central, Transportation

Read My Long-Form Profile of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Long-time readers know Bill Peduto is pretty much my political hero. It was great to spend some time in Pittsburgh getting to know him, and his friends, allies, and detractors: In the first 100 days of the Peduto administration, the … More after the jump

Posted in Pittsburgh / SW Region

Independent Voters Need to Stop Whining About Primaries and Register the Party They Probably Already Agree With 99% of the Time

This is the time of year when every non-party registered, Independent-registered, voter whines about having to pay for the primaries. On Tuesday in PA, if you’re politically independent, you’re forced to pay for an election you can’t vote it: — Matt … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, National Politics, Regional Politics, State Politics

Bob Donchez’s Political Payback For Bethlehem Shadow Mayor John Morganelli

I’m late to this, but I’m very surprised that none of the reporters or columnists in the Lehigh Valley really sussed out the obvious angle on this story about Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez nominating Northampton County DA John Morganelli’s home-maker … More after the jump

Posted in Lehigh Valley, Open Government

This is Why Property Taxes Are Going Up in Camp Hill

In Camp Hill, property taxes may go up.  The district’s roughly $19.8 million proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year, which was reviewed by the school board on Monday, is about 10 percent greater than this year’s budget and contains a gap … More after the jump

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

#HD190: Vanessa Brown’s challenger wants answers about her corrupt behavior

According to Wanda Logan, Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown’s challenger in the 190th state legislative race, Brown has proven herself incapable of making the best decisions for seniors within her district. Logan’s growing concern stems from the recent revelation through a … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Greater Philadelphia, Miscellany, State House, State Politics