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Report: Pa. Is One Of the Worst Places To Start A Business

WalletHub, a personal finance website, recently released its annual list of the best and worst states to start a business in the U.S. Pennsylvania ranked […]


Chamber of Commerce Votes Against Philadelphia Tax Reform Plan

A coalition of city business and political leaders led by Center City District President and CEO Paul Levy and Brandywine Realty Trust President and CEO […]


Would Tax Reform Really Create 80,000 Jobs in Philly?

A bold plan to overhaul Philadelphia’s taxes by a broad coalition of businesses and labor groups was dealt a major blow this June, when City Council President Darrell […]


Latest Anti Gentrification Rallying Cry? Tax the Flippers

Fear of gentrification is one of the most potent political forces in Philadelphia today. That much, most can agree on. But is that fear broadly valid, […]


Darrell Clarke Moves to Quash Big Tax Reform Plan

City Council President Darrell Clarke has forcefully come out against the ambitious plan spearheaded by Paul Levy and Jerry Sweeney to overhaul the city’s tax […]


Big Parking, Property Tax Hikes Proposed to Fund City Schools

[Updated at 1:10 p.m.] Philadelphia City Council introduced legislation Thursday to hike three taxes in order to help fund the school district. Though lawmakers have been pooh-poohing Mayor Michael […]


Inside Take: Money for Schools, or Tax-Free Helicopters?

(This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) Most Americans know that the federal tax laws are filled with carefully crafted tax breaks for […]


This One Weird Trick Will Rescue Philadelphia’s Economy

One of the big political problems of Philadelphia’s 20-year-old tax reform movement has been the enduring perception that its principal aim isn’t to create jobs, so much […]


Is Philadelphia Ready for a Plastic Bag Tax?

At Tuesday’s green-themed mayoral forum, one of the few issues dividing the six candidates was a prospective tax on plastic bags in our city. Although […]


The Brief: Wolf Primed to Blow the House (and Senate) Down?

All eyes on Tom Wolf. At 11:30 a.m. this morning, Pennsylvania’s new Governor will propose a budget—really a governing agenda—that is expected to be more […]


Cities Are Powering the U.S. Jobs Recovery

The Great Recession may have wiped out millions of jobs, but employment is bouncing back and urban areas are leading the way, according to a […]

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Paul Levy Wants a Truce Between Center City and Neighborhoods

Mayoral elections in Philadelphia have a tendency to become battles between neighborhood interests and Center City ones, and there are plenty of indicators that 2015 […]