Friday, October 22, 2010

Feast or Famine for the Future of the ICA

Who has been most impacted by the changing fortunes of the parking lease?  I say it's the ICA, aka the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.  When the parking lease looked to be a go, I was thinking that a city flush with all this money would likely emerge from both Act 47 and ICA oversight in relatively short order.  Yet the circumstances changed and now by all accounts the balancing of the city's budget will be harder than ever. Consequently the ICA may again become relevant if it so chooses. So at least for today it seems the ICA and Act 47 may die another day.

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.


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

What'd be interesting is if anybody newly appointed to the ICA board / new executive director would be of local notoriety. You've got to figure that if the burgh doesn't take the medicine the legislature prescribed for them, H. Sciortino might pull a Mark Roosevelt and skiddadle.

Friday, October 22, 2010 4:46:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

You are suggesting Henry is about to go run a small college??

More seriously....

Board used to have Jim R. as a member. I think he is as well known as you can get locally. Certainly as far as local politics/government goes. As for new ICA members? If the folks in HBG had a sense of humor, someone would appoint John V. to the ICA. I suppose Lieberman could come back or something like that.

Friday, October 22, 2010 4:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's that ex-Pitt basketball player on the board.

Fun fact - the head of the ICA makes more money than the mayor. And not by a little bit.

Friday, October 22, 2010 6:47:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

More than the governor last I checked.

Saturday, October 23, 2010 7:01:00 AM  

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