A state representative has proposed a bill that would bring a little sunshine to the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). Put another way: The very type of person who stands to benefit from keeping RACP behind closed doors is seeking to make it more transparent. OMG.
RACP grants have long been criticized as nothing more than “walking-around money” for legislators to dole out to their friends and campaign donors. Remember the Arlen Specter Library and the John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy? RACP funds. And the $3 million grant that the Corbett administration approved for Jerry Sandusky’s charity? Again, RACP.
State Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Phila.) introduced a bill last week that would reform the RACP process in three main ways:
• Require recipients to hold at least one public meeting in the community where the project will be done.