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POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 10:36 AM

I appeared on Fox 29 two days ago to talk about the 6 Bold Ideas To Fix The Budget that was published yesterday on the Daily News editorial page. 

Use this link to watch the video.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 4:13 PM

Ben stopped by the WHYY studios for a chat with Dave Heller and went into some detail about the 6 Bold Ideas To Fix The Budget on today's Daily News editorial page.

Use this link to download or listen to their conversation.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 10:54 AM
From the Daily News editorial:

1. Fast-track full valuation. Correcting the city's fractured and unfair property-tax system is as politically appealing as wrestling alligators. But it's crazy and irresponsible not to: Right now, the rich generally underpay and the poor overpay. Correcting the system, discussed for years, is supposed to be revenue-neutral, but it won't be. But it will be fair.

2. While we're at it, raise property taxes. Ours are traditionally low - mainly for reasons having to do with No. 1. We could temporarily raise the tax. Forty percent of any increase would go to helping fill the shortfall. (The schools get the rest.)

Ben Waxman @ 10:54 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2008, 12:53 PM
Here is a smart e-mail from a reader about "right sizing".......

Just one more thing to think about when it comes to "right sizing"  How many gas lights does the city of Philadelphia need, now that the population has shrunk?
How many phone booths?
And now that public transit rider-ship is higher, how many new horses and horse barns will SEPTA need?
The question to right sizing is the need, not the population.  Back in the bad old days,  schools had libraries and librarians, many blocks had stay at home parents and there was an relatively easy ladder to a comfortable middle class life via factories.
Now that most school libraries have closed,  there are very few stay at home parents on the block and the climb to middle class requires much more education, perhaps we need more libraries, not less?
Same arguments for pools, less family vacations, less camp William Penn, perhaps we need more pools?
The size of the population is not what should determined services, it is the need for services, and the City leaders know this, otherwise they would be discussing how lamp lighters the city  can lay off  now that the population has shrunk.
Ben Waxman @ 12:53 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2008, 8:13 AM

Link: Where the Ax Falls [Daily News]
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POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2008, 7:01 AM
MAYOR NUTTER'S election gave many in the city our own mini-Obama moment. There was joy the smartest guy won. Here was a guy as disgusted with the old political culture as we were, as frustrated with the arrogance of government making decisions without consulting taxpayers. He threw open City Hall! He had a movie night! How cool was that?

Ben Waxman @ 7:01 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Sunday, November 16, 2008, 6:33 PM

Friends of the Free Library is organizing protests

Link: Friends of the Free Library website

scheduled for Monday, November 17 at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Haddington Library

Friends of the Free Library will hold a press conference on the steps of Haddington Library (446 North 65th Street) to announce their two-pronged initiative to solve the current library crisis. Everyone is invited - Come out and Save the Libraries!


Ben Waxman @ 6:33 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2008, 7:15 PM

Nutter wants to close five engine and ladder companies

Link: Council asks Nutter for study to justify fire closings [Inky]

Following up on a request last week by Councilman Frank DiCicco, Council unanimously approved a resolution by Curtis Jones Jr. and Maria Quiñones Sánchez calling on Nutter to hire an independent auditor in consultation with the firefighters union.

"Council recognizes the need to make sure that any proposed cuts are done with the health and safety of the firefighters and the citizens we serve in mind," said Brian McBride, president of Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Ben Waxman @ 7:15 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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