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Tag Archives: Municipal Consolidation
All of you who are concerned about growing inequality in Pennsylvania really must read Cities Without Suburbs and Little Boxes, Limited Horizons (PDF) by David Rusk. But in the meantime, you should read this pair of articles in Governing magazine, … More after the jump
Not sure who is reading this blog and caring about this, but for the sake of consistency, here is the latest update on the move to replace the Camden city police force with a County police force – something PA Counties really … More after the jump
Everybody knows that having a national fiscal union means that some US states are “makers” and other states are “takers.” PA is a “maker” state, whose residents pay more federal taxes than they get back in public goods and services. … More after the jump
Great article from Anthony Wood in the Inquirer on Colwyn and other tiny PA towns that are too small to support a government. As I’ve been arguing here frequently, local governments should be focused on cutting budgets through service sharing … More after the jump
Right now, the city of Camden cannot afford to employ enough police officers to maintain public order and enforce its laws. Camden is a very poor city, and raising taxes enough to hire a bunch of new police officers is … More after the jump
David Dunkle reports on a novel initiative in Dauphin County to send police officers to where the crime is happening, regardless of which municipality they happen to work for. Harrisburg residents should not be surprised this weekend if they see … More after the jump
Patrick Lester at the Morning Call says Tom Corbett’s budget will stop sharing fine revenue with townships who mooch off the state police instead of having a local force:
What if Harrisburg passed a law stating that only political jurisdictions with 5000 people or more will be recognized as legal municipalities after 2015?
Chester-Upland School District, one of the poorest in the state, is rapidly running out of cash, and will not be able to make payroll unless the state fronts them $18.7 million in expected funding.