City Council faces a question that many local governments are grappling with: Expand a benefit to help a new group of people and risk watering it down, or preserve the present system that help veterans and first responders exclusively?
What can be done about Philadelphia’s corrupting ‘Councilmanic Prerogative’? How can an informal practice be outlawed, especially when the people who could outlaw it are the ones who benefit from it?
Philadelphia has elected its first City Council member from the Working Families Party, a movement dedicated to ending poverty and inequality, making housing affordable and overcoming climate change. Unfortunately, their plans will not only fail to solve Philadelphia’s problems, they will also cause complicated new ones.
By Logan Chipkin