1 big thing: 🪓 The city policy your next mayor would ax
Philly has a long list of laws and taxes — some more loathed than others.
What’s happening: We asked all the Democrats running for mayor in Tuesday’s primary: In two sentences or less, what law, tax or program would they scrap immediately, and why?
Here’s what the others said:
- I'd sell these properties for naturally occurring affordable housing or to small community developers, especially Black and Brown developers so they can develop more affordable housing.
James DeLeon: I'd immediately get rid of the major restrictions imposed on restaurants to expand their businesses to accommodate outdoor dining.
- These restrictions are an impediment to our growth as a center for culinary, cultural and social development and activities.
Allan Domb: I'll change the policies that hinder small, neighborhood Black and Brown businesses from participating in the city's contracting by right-sizing requests for proposals, insurance and bonding requirements.
- If Philadelphia is going to increase the number of people working at good jobs, we need to increase the number of new businesses — and that starts with supporting homegrown firms.
Helen Gym: End the courtesy tow madness: Thousands of Philadelphia drivers have lost time, money, and even risked arrest as a result of an absurd system where the city authorizes cars to be moved to accommodate repair work and events without providing any way for owners to locate their vehicles.
- This will end and the city will ensure the location of any vehicle subject to courtesy towing is centrally tracked.
Rebecca Rhynhart: Rather than focusing on one policy to eliminate, voters know this race is about electing a strong leader with a comprehensive vision who'll make changes across the board.
- When I’m mayor, that'll mean managing, making the city work better for our residents, using data to make decisions and leading with compassion.
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