Feast or Famine for the Future of the ICA
Nobody has ever really asked what impact the ICA has had since it's inception.* A few points they quibbled with some minor points on city budgets submitted to them over the last few years, but it never amounted to much policy impact in my opinion. I don't think there is any point where the ICA actually exercised its authority to withhold certain state funds from the city.
Begs the question of course of what the ICA could do if it wanted to? Maybe they could have a public opinion of any kind on some of the big issues we debate? OK, maybe that is too much to ask. What else? I see that the ICA's progenitor and Philadelphia cousin, the PICA, has just put out something quite useful... their Citizen's Budget Guide presentation... for Philadelphia of course. So for us, as the city rushes to submitted yet another revised budget in the next week, the public will generally know little of the issues because there isn't much to help them sort through the numbers.
Quick.. without cheating, name one person currently on the board of the ICA.
* Granted Bram had this look at the ICA executive director, but even that was not really about the ICA itself.