Thursday, January 29, 2015

City Council to Create a "Feel Good" Committee

Philadelphia Republican Party

www.phillygop.com

Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email:              josephjdefelice@phillygop.com

Philadelphia City Council Loses Its Notes
“Income Inequality Committee is merely ‘feel good’ legislation” in an Election Year

Philadelphia January 29, 2015– City Council is looking to form a “Special Committee on Income Inequality” (Bill 150025) to look into “…how income is unevenly distributed across a regional or national economy…”

“The economic well-being of Philadelphians is a very important matter. We just think City Hall should start getting to it and not form another Committee.” responds Republican City Committee Executive Director Joe DeFelice. “There have been countless recommendations on how to address the economic issues in Philadelphia.  There have also been reports from two previous committees involving jobs, business and economic competitiveness.”

“At some point City Hall has to realize it is a jobs and business problem and having repetitive meetings won’t change the reality.”

The per capita/median household income of the United States is:
$27K/$51K

Pennsylvania
$27K/$50K

Philadelphia
$21K/$36K

Of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, Philadelphia ranks 43rd. The four other SEPA counties rank 1 through 4.

Chester, Montgomery and Bucks counties have over twice the median household income as Philadelphia.  Delaware County is just slightly less than twice.

“Do we really need a Special Committee to see where the wealth is distributed and why? Well, you know what they say, ‘If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.’”

For those looking for the ideas presented in Mayor Nutter’s TASK FORCE ON TAX POLICY & ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS:  http://www.phila.gov/taxpolicy/

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