Investment? What Investment?

Philly is blowing its chance to use its federal rescue funds to directly address intractable problems. Will Mayor Parker’s new budget follow Governor Shapiro’s blueprint and propose an “invest and grow” plan?

By Larry Platt

Guest Commentary: We’re Already Defunding the Philly Police

Bloating pension payments contribute to our staff shortage. Here, ways to solve the issue

By Jordan McGillis

Can Cities Defy Fiscal Gravity?

As urban transit systems like SEPTA face a crisis since Covid, Drexel’s Metro Finance head looks to the innovators who are rethinking how we get around

By Bruce Katz

Building a Better Budget

Mayor Kenney has been an inveterate spender. So why doesn’t his newest budget proposal invest more in working class growth, like mayors are doing in cities from Newark to Dayton?

By Larry Platt

How Else To Spend $1.4 Billion

City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart offered an alternative spending plan for the city’s federal recovery funds with real, measurable goals. Philly 3.0’s engagement director lays out what that could mean for Philly

By Jon Geeting

What is Jim Kenney’s Goal For Tax Reform?

Is it more than “three cups of coffee” for every citizen? Philly 3.0’s engagement editor considers the consequences of being too cautious—or not—with business tax reform in Philly

By Jon Geeting

In Search of the Spirit of Reinvention

Philly is the nation’s first startup. So, in this budget season, why not put old talking points behind us…and pivot?

By Larry Platt

Mayor Kenney’s Optimistic New Budget Plan

The mayor's stimulus-boosted budget proposal last week takes us back to 2019—but, Philly 3.0’s engagement director notes, there are some signs for hope

By Jon Geeting