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I post my sudden thoughts and second thoughts here from time to time -- usually having something to do with Philadelphia and governmental accountability, but occaisionally on something more (or less) interesting. Check out my Recent Writing for issues of the day and take a look at some more in-depth writing in Brett's Books. Or, view the Bulldog Budget, which represents a wonderfully visual way to conceive and account for how our government works (or doesn't work) for us.

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We Raise Taxes On A Poor City Because We Run A City Poorly
It costs a lot of money to run a city poorly.  Raising taxes to pay those high costs helps keep a city's residents poor.  It is an unfortunate downward spiral and Philadelphia is -- once again -- caught up in it.


Philadelphia enjoyed a pretty good run from the mid-1990s to the late-2000s when city leaders committed to lowering Philadelphia's tax burdens.  It was the near-universal public-policy conclusion that the city's high tax burden discouraged job creation, fleeced families who were struggling to make ends meet, and put Philadelphia at a competitive disadvantage compared to other cities and surrounding jurisdictions.

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