Saturday, May 23, 2009

My New Act 47 Scrapbook

How do you wrap your mind around about 300 pages of new information? When I'm going through paper documents, I use a highlighter pen, marking up key words and phrases. On the computer, I use that oval annotation tool if it's a pdf file. Here's a sampling of my markups while going through the Act 47 team's new draft financial recovery plan for Pittsburgh.

I'll be coming back to this topic with some notes on things that caught my attention, as well a link to my initial TV report. I welcome your comments on the snippets here below as I work on that upcoming post. Meanwhile, here's a link to the Post-Gazette report about Mayor Ravenstahl's interest in pursuing a higher tax on suburbanites who work in the city.

Now, my new Act 47 scrapbook. It's arranged by topics I've been working on -- not entirely in the order of appearance in those nearly 300 pages of the plan. Click on the images to enlarge them to readable size.


Bram Reichbaum said...

1. I'm willing to overlook the May 20th submission date. Yes it's ironic that while the mayor was running commercials bragging over the fact that he's a tax-cutter he was also working hard to negotiate a recovery plan involving "tax crusade". However he's already been beaten very soundly and noticeably about his claims of tax-cutting prowess -- and the practice of politicians launching major surprise initiatives right after winning election is regular and well-established. Nice catch, but it doesn't arouse me.

2. The "failsafe option" is more interesting. I'm not sure I understand it yet, but is something akin to Find Us Ways to Generate Revenue Or We'll Shoot the Puppy?

Bob Mayo said...

Increasing Pittsburgh taxes to generate $10 Million a year is the failsafe option. I'll have more on that in my next post.