Jan 27, 2016
National Public Radio Confuses Corruptions In Allentown
National Public Radio made an understandable mistake Friday evening, when they directly combined an outrageous state incentive program, of over a $billion dollars, with Allentown municipal corruption. Again, it is a natural misunderstanding, considering the amount of money involved and the greed in Pennsylvania.
The NIZ, the state program designed by state senator Pat Brown, did foster a $billion dollar development at 7th and Hamilton. That incentive program is morally wrong, untimely with Pennsylvania's financial woes, and based on cronyism, but is legal. There has been no suggestion of criminal misconduct with any of that development, they have a license to steal from the taxpayers.
Two blocks away at City Hall, the mayor, who incidentally was not instrumental in passing the NIZ as reported by NPR, couldn't stand all that money flowing, without him getting a small taste. He and his campaign manager decided to bend the arms of normal vendors to city service, who are not directly linked to the NIZ development up the street.
So, the smell of all that money up the street corrupted the mayor, and the custom designed development scheme there should be illegal, but they remain two separate issues.