Me? Not an expert on the role of taxation and its effect on the city's job market, although I tried my best Monday.
Wharton economist Dr. Bernard E. Anderson? His analysis will do.
Anderson, the first chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (1991 to 1994) fired off some of his thoughts to the responses of the candidates to questions about what they would do to address workforce development.
From an e-mail:
"The responses of the mayoral candidates on job creation in Phila. shows that most don't have a clue about how to solve the problem, or are not leveling with the voters on what really should be done."
Anderson says that voters should look at the candidates' records on job creation. He
said he supports said that only Dwight Evans has "demonstrated a record of success," for his work with the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation in West Oak Lane.
The economist calls Michael Nutter honest for his response that the next mayor should "begin by assessing the impact of past policies." "The responses of Fattah, Knox, and Brady show that they really have no solution to the problem."
"The candidates should know that the major barrier to creating and retaining jobs in Phila. is the BPT. Many studies by reputable economists and public policy experts have identified that as the single most important job killer in Philadelphia."
Among Anderson's other critiques, he calls out Tom Knox's idea to "go out and bring businesses to the City." He says Knox should know that taxes are the main barrier, not the workforce. He then turns to Bob Brady, calling his idea to provide vo-tech training to all high school students "silly and thoughtless."
"Those who are going to college and work while there won't need the voc ed to get the type of service jobs college kids normally perform, and those who don't go to college won't find middle income jobs in Phila to use" those skills