Philly Dems: Steal These Ideas from the Allegheny County Party

Over the last couple weeks, local party organizations across Pennsylvania have been reorganizing and choosing new leadership in the wake of the May 15th primaries, and there have been a few interesting stories out of Allegheny County we wanted to flag, as they highlight some practices Philly's Democratic Party should think about stealing from their counterparts in Allegheny. Continue reading

Rhynhart: Philly's Accounting Practices the Worst Among the 10 Largest U.S. Cities

(Image: Philadelphia Inquirer) New Controller Rebecca Rhynhart held a news conference this week blasting the Kenney administration and Finance Director Rob Dubow, after a new Controller audit uncovered nearly $924 million in book-keeping errors last year. Rhynhart claims that Philadelphia has the weakest internal financial controls of any of our peer cities, including some processes are ripe for abuse by Revenue Department staff. Continue reading

Parking ticket amnesty program is terrible policy, even for City Council

(The PPA’s version of a PR Campaign) City Council and the PPA just wrapped the most Philly project ever: Parking ticket amnesty. And good news! It only cost the city a few million dollars to wipe out the parking tickets of roughly 20,000 Philadelphians. Continue reading

Council: Make Housing More Affordable, But Also More Expensive

(Just a couple of cool guys making housing unaffordable) A pair of diametrically-opposite housing bills City Council is considering this session really starkly highlight the confused thinking about the topic of housing affordability that prevails in Council, and what we might do differently if we really cared about providing a range of housing choices at different price points. Continue reading

Mary Gay Scanlon Wins Ranked Choice Poll of PA-5

The results of our 'ranked choice' poll of the 5th Congressional District Democratic primary are in, and Mary Gay Scanlon won with 62% of the vote after 4 additional run-offs. Continue reading

Congrats, Detroit! Another City Gets Street Sweeping

(Have you seen me? | Photo: MOTU Blog) Welcome to 2018. The Eagles are Super Bowl champs, the Sixers are in the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs, Meek Mill is free. And even broke-ass Detroit has street sweeping.   Continue reading

Trust the Assessment Process! No Council Votes on Property Values

(Councilman David Oh | Image: Philadelphia City Council) A new charter amendment from Councilman David Oh would be a major setback for the cause of fair property taxes in Philadelphia by giving City Council veto power over assessments for the first time—a move that would ensure Philly once again goes decades without updating our valuations. Continue reading

Rank Your Choices for the 5th Congressional District Democratic Primary

The Democratic field for the 5th Congressional District is very crowded, with ten candidates running to be the party's nominee in what is expected to be one of the easier Democratic pick-ups this year. Continue reading

What is Philly's New Construction Tax Going to Pay For?

(Photo: AL DIA) City Council's new housing package hits a lot closer to the mark than other recent proposals, with a much better approach to revenues and bonuses that should actually yield some durable funding for creating more below-market-rate units. Continue reading

In Trimming the Abatement, Let's Not Create a Housing Slowdown

The Controller's office's report on the 10-year tax abatement has a lot of good insights into the economics of housing in Philadelphia in 2018, and raises some important questions about the different scenarios under discussion for reforming it. Continue reading