Jul 18, 2016
Allentown's Wild and Crazy NIZ
As if the most lucrative state subsidy program in history wasn't enough, Pat Browne threw a few more goodies in the bag for J.B. Reilly, in this most recent state budget. The hotel tax, instead of going to the Visitors Bureau and usual beneficiaries, will be retained by the NIZ, for the hotels within the zone. Browne's explanation was that such a thriving district needs more quality hotel rooms. I think what he means is that Reilly's Renaissance Hotel is so dead in the water, it needs its taxes back. The only public figure to question this nonsense was Tom Muller. Michael Schlossburg voted for it three times, his own and two ghost votes. However, in his defense, he like the rest of our midgets in Harrisburg, really didn't know what they were voting for, they seldom do. The fact that Browne could stuff this into the budget, illustrates what we suffer as state government.
Elsewhere in this weekend's Morning Call, Manuel Gamiz wrote in regard to a new police officer, (his)old neighborhood began to transform into the thriving downtown shopping, dining and entertainment district that it is today. Manuel must have interned under Matt NIZ Assad. However, Assad and Scott Kraus did do an excellent job on this hotel tax article.