It's Our Money Archive: November, 2011

City considers changing awful name "business-privilege tax"

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The term “business-privilege tax” is just asking to be hated. It’s bad enough that the tax itself has a reputation for scaring... Read more

What's the best way to determine the salaries of elected officials?

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The argument for the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) policy that will result in Pennsylvania elected officials getting an automatic three... Read more

And another thing: Engaging the public on school closures

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A quick follow-up thought to the post below: When we say the School District should be willing to alter plans based on community feedback in... Read more

How well is the School District doing at engaging the public about closures?

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An IOM editorial considers: In the past decade, the Philadelphia School District has lost about 25 percent of its enrollment - a number matched... Read more

City cracks down on tax-delinquent pensioners

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This is the kind of thing you expect to see in a muckraking article about the city, rather than a press release from the city, but it just... Read more

Help Desk: Origin of the Feces

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PIPER BRETT'S neighborhood is a little rough around the edges, and she can deal with that. Brett, an artist who used to rent in Fishtown and... Read more

OMG: State bill would reform RACP funds

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A state representative has proposed a bill that would bring a little sunshine to the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program... Read more

Philadelphia Media Network to get $2.9 million city loan

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Over at Newsworks, Dave Davies reports that Philadelphia Media Network will be getting a $2.9 million loan from the city of Philadelphia to... Read more