Category Archives: Economy

Sorry, a 5% Severance Tax Won’t “Cripple” PA’s Economy

Only 0.5% of the PA workforce is employed by the natural gas sector. Yes, there are some other auxiliary industries that benefit from natural gas activity that aren’t counted in that. Yes, low gas prices support some additional economic activity than … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment

“I Bought This Property With the Expectation That…”

…is never really going to be a valid argument in any land use debate. Just because some people invested (translation: bet) their money on a certain outcome doesn’t mean public policymakers have some responsibility to those people not to do anything that … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Issues, Land Use

Don’t Carve Philly Out of Uber Legalization

We got pretty close to legalizing Uber X and Lyft-type ride-sharing services this session, but the clock ran out and the fight has been pushed into next year. That’s why it’s so important now that we kill this stupid idea … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate, Transportation

#PAGov: Tom Corbett Kept All His Promises and Now PA is Dead Last in Job Growth

Tom Corbett keeps saying that he’s kept all his campaign promises, and that’s true. But when we look at the results of those promises, that’s actually devastating to Corbett’s case for reelection. The story of the last four years is … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Elections, Governor, Issues

Mid-rise Building in South Bethlehem Drives NIMBYs Insane, But It’s Allowed By-Right

People have been working for decades to turn around Southside Bethlehem and create conditions for reinvestment in the walkable mixed-use areas on 3rd and 4th Streets, and on the Bethlehem Steel brownfield. This has been the complaint forever – Northside, … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues, Land Use

PLCB Contributed $80 Million to the General Fund This Year

One talking point you often hear from defenders of the state monopoly on wine and liquor retail sales is that the PLCB contributes over $500 million to the general fund. They’re actually counting tax revenue that would be collected anyway … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues

Video: Sophie Masloff Defends Land Value Tax Swap

Around 3 minutes in. Also a good moment for Jack Wagner. (h/t Chris Briem)

Posted in Economy, Issues, Land Use

Four State Lawmakers Want to Squash Philadelphia’s Pop-Up Beer Gardens

Last week, the Daily News reported on a quirk in the PA liquor code which allows vendors who own liquor licenses to use inexpensive $500 off-premise catering permits to serve alcohol at the temporary pop-up beer gardens that have been springing … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Elections, Issues, State House, State Senate

PA Local Gov Employment Down 5.9% Since the Start of the Recession

Obviously there’s a lot of duplication and waste inherent in Pennsylvania’s fragmented system of local government. When there are 2562 municipalities for 67 counties, clearly a great many local services could be administered more efficiently if local service providers could … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Issues

Peduto: Senator Fontana Introducing Bill to Override Tom Corbett’s PUC Appointees, Legalize Uber X and Lyft

Charlie Deitch reports that state Senator Wayne Fontana (and we’ve heard Erin Molchany in the House, though not sure if that’s been reported yet) is introducing a bill to create a new “transportation network” category in the PA code that … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues, Transportation