Category Archives: Economy

Elections Have Consequences: Tom Wolf Supports Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Tom Wolf’s reaction to the Obama White House’s Clean Power Plan, which would regulate emissions from existing energy producers for the first time, is a perfect example of why it’s so important for Democrats to vote every single November, not … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Issues

Why Can’t All Wawa’s Sell Beer?

One Wawa in Pennsylvania will soon sell beer, in Chadd’s Ford. Acme, Whole Foods and Wegmans already have approval to sell beer in the area. A decision is expected on July 21. Wawa doesn’t sell beer in Pennsylvania, but does … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues

The 67 District Plan for Repairing PA’s School Tax Bases

The state funding cuts are still the biggest problem facing local school districts but the second biggest problem many are having is that they are too small. In the city centers and first ring suburbs, you’ve typically got some school districts without … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Education, Issues

Yo Tom Wolf: Fix the State Assessment Law

The only reason you’re seeing this spot assessment wave is that the state of Pennsylvania doesn’t require all counties to reassess properties on a regular and predictable schedule. County commissioners shouldn’t have to vote to do this, that’s insane. It should … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Issues

Existing Jobs Vs. Different Jobs

Via WESA, Pew says Pennsylvania is a leader in clean energy: The commonwealth ranked fourth in energy- and environment-related employment in 2011 with 136,000 jobs. “That’s a pretty impressive number, especially when you recognize that it’s comparable to other energy … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Issues

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