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Raising Hotel Tax Makes Good Dollars and Sense

But new fund’s board must be transparent

As a rule, for politicians, particularly those sitting on city council, raising taxes is never a no-brainer. Raising a tax to fund anything other than schools or reduce our pension debt is even dicier, one would think.

This maxim is true for almost every proposed tax except the one proposed by the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association late last month: a 0.75 percent increase to the current hotel tax. The new tax would add $1.50 to the cost of a $200-per-night room, estimated to bring in $5.8 million in the first year, increasing to over $7 million by 2022.

The move is designed to create a fund that would allow the city to competitively bid for more large-scale tourist events similar to DNC 2016 or the 2017 NFL Draft.

But first, let us turn down the comforter on this...

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Darrell Clarke and Transparency

Review of council’s budget requires structural change

(Picture Left) City Councilman Darrell Clarke is getting it from all side, and could possibly handle it better. Photo courtesy of phlcouncil.com.

Some weeks, you have to feel for City Council President...

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Developers File Latest Salvo in Tax Abatement Data War

New report should lead to close reading as a dose of skepticism

(Photo Left) BIA report debunks some misconceived misconceptions. Photo courtesy of Building Industry Association of Philadelphia.

As we have seen in recent weeks, the debate over the success or failure of...

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Claude Lewis [1934 – 2017]

Mourning the passing of a force in journalism

(Photo Left) Claude Lewis. Photo courtesy of National Association of Black Journalists

Loyal readers of the Point know that, from time to time, we use this column to recognize the passing of men and women of our community whose...

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Soda Tax By The Numbers

Winners and losers unclear in first month of roll out

(Photo Left) Tallying up the soda tax. Photo by Salvatore Patrone.

When Philadelphia became the first big city in America to pass a soda tax, we knew the city’s revenue department and beverage...

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Bike Race Demise Déjà Vu

Rep. Brady tries to save the day again

(Photo Left) Like the cyclists, the Manayunk race itself has faced a wall, yet again. Photo by justinknabb, licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

Congressman Robert A. Brady is perhaps the most unlikely champion of competitive cycling...

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Council forcing employers to ignore wage history goes too far

(Photo Left) Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Greenlee. Photo courtesy of billgreenlee.com

You have to give Councilman Bill Greenlee his props. The guy is a tireless advocate for those struggling to climb the...

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Philly Crapping Out on Second Casino

PhillyLive! more like dead since casino award

If you build it, they will grow the tax base.

We never liked the idea of retrofitting a rundown hotel in the parking lot of The Linc as the ideal solution to our second casino vacancy. As revenue to the city...

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Decarcerate PHL

Recent grant and groundbreaking study point the way to ending mass incarceration in Philly

(Photo Left) Mayor Kenney working on a way out of over-sentencing for Philadelphia’s inmates.

In the race for mayor, the candidates filled out many candidate...

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Three-card Monte

Council uses sleight-of-hand in framing new contracting rules

(Photo Left) Best Value Contracting proponent, Councilman Bobby Henon. Photo by Tomholroyd12 via Wikimedia Commons.

In a flurry of end-of-year legislative activity, one piece of Philadelphia City Council...

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Butterfly Theory and the PFT

Teachers should take district deal before Trump takes office

(Photo Left) Betsy DeVos’ federal policies as education secretary may have a significant effect on city’s public schools. Butterfly photo by Darius Bauzys via Wikimedia Commons.

There is a...

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