Frequent Young Philly Politics contributor Marc Stier has an interesting little (or big) project in mind for that blog's readers. He wants to examine other cities throughout the United States to see how they are using tax policy to deal with their own budget shortfalls. To do this, he enlists his readers in a cool little crowdsourcing exercise, asking them to pick a city and do the research to find out whether or not that city has raised taxes to make up for drops in revenue.
In selecting cities to look at, Stier chooses an unscientific, though logical, point of reference:
We can help out with a little of the work that It's Our Money's Ben Waxman has already done on this front. A few days back, Ben pointed out that at least four states are considering raising taxes.