Monday, December 21, 2009

required reading list

In case you missed these... far more insightful than I am on local issues are recent comments from both my good friends Jack and Carey.


Anonymous johnnyg said...

Mr. Ochs piece finishes with the statement that, while there a good reasons to promote a merger of city and county government, "additional revenues are needed to solve the city's financial problems". That may be true. But his reading his letter led me to the conclusion that a merger could be a huge piece of the puzzle.

He states that the offices of mayor, City Council, the city clerk, and the Finance Department are budgeted to cost $22 million. That would go a long way toward meeting the $30 million annually he states is needed for the city to fully fund its pension funds.

Rather than the Pittsburgh way of focusing on the glass being half-empty, let's focus on the glass being half-full. Imagine what could be accomplished by a competent, professional city management team. Charlotte, Kansas City, and York (Pa.) have done it. Yes, I know that state laws would need to change to make it happen--maybe that's something the universities could lobby Harrisburg for. Or, better yet, we make it part of the constitutional convention that the P-G has now endorsed.

Let's think BIG!

Monday, December 21, 2009 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

Luke Ravenstahl dropped the tuition tax proposal today. Merry Christmas, everybody! :o)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 1:26:00 AM  

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