Philly Parking Perks
And the hits just keep coming from Philly, the city that loves to tax bloggers. Now the city provides free parking for the political elite or politically blessed in this fair city. Miriam Hill of the Inquirer reports:
When Mayor Nutter took office, he reduced the number of free parking spaces awarded to city employees and to politically connected local VIPs.
But a lucky few got to keep their free spots, even though they don’t work for the city.
Michael Meehan, general counsel for the Republican City Committee, still parks for free in the 1500 block of Market Street.
He did not return a call seeking comment.
Democratic City Committee Chairman and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady nabbed a space, as did Elmer Brun, Charles Bernard, and Lou Farinella, who also work for the local party as aides to Brady.
Through a representative, they also declined comment.
This translates into a savings on average of $3500 to $4500 a year in parking fees the rest of us are required to pay out. I wonder if they are also exempt from business license fees as well? This is another example of political connections benefiting a select few while the majority foots their expense. Again, I remind my local readers, all 17 members of city council are up for reelection next year. To quote Madam Speaker – “It’s time to drain the swamp”.