What a great day for Philadelphia! After seven years of trying to clean up our plastic bag mess, Philadelphia’s City Council finally passed a plastic bag ban shepherded by Councilman Mark Squilla. Go, Mark! Topping that, flogged by Councilwoman Gym, the worthies pruned the city’s 20 year-old tax abatement that spurred home construction but also shielded million-dollar condo purchasers from taxes that largely went to the city’s less-than-million-dollar school kids. Go, Helen! The only downside is having to pick up all the bags deposited on my sidewalk until July 2, before the plastics ban goes into effect.
Editorial cartoons from this week include: