Category Archives: Economy

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

Ride-Share Fix Must Apply to Philly Parking Authority as Well as PUC

By some weird accident of history, the city of Philadelphia doesn’t have the same taxi regulator as the rest of the state. Whereas the Public Utilities Commission sets the rules for taxis in Pittsburgh and elsewhere, the Philadelphia Parking Authority … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues, Transportation

#PABudget: Why Aren’t We Talking About a Statewide Cigarette Tax Increase?

With the local cigarette tax for Philly schools passing out of committee, it’s a good time to zoom out and ask why we haven’t been talking about raising the cigarette tax all across the state to fill the Great Republican … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Health, Issues

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

Anti-Competitive Retail Alcohol Regulations Are Designed to Thwart Competition, Not Underage Drinking

Checking IDs at the point of retail sale does not stop minors from getting beer. The people buying the beer are of legal age. They are reselling it to minors. Or the kids are getting it from their parents. Based … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues