local governments stuff
Not new, but I had not caught this. Rumblings in New Jersey of a reform movement to consolidate their 566 municipalities into 100 or so. New Jersey being a state with just under 9 million people and some think 566 municipalities is too much? Pennsylvania being a state with 12.6 million people give or take has over 2,500 fairly immutable municipalities. Change does happen in Pennsylvania. I think the last Pennsylvania municipality to dissolve was South Philipsburg in Centre County in 2007.
Lest anyone think we are even close to the scale of change that is being discussed in New Jersey, here is the real view from the T on any such idea: Reformers are threatening a township way of life.
I do need to get around to making a Pennsylvania version of this graphic of the local governments in Southwestern Pennsylvania.