17 August 2012 0 Comments

Lower Merion: In Decline? Some Markers

Churches “going out of business”? Is this a sign of the decline of Lower Merion? Lower Merion’s population and economy have not grown, housing prices have declined as the cost of government escalates above the rate of inflation with no increase in quality or quantity of services. Over the past ten years, Lower Merion’s spending, […]

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23 July 2012 0 Comments

Lower Merion’s Libraries – A Study in Democratic Spending- Can Lower Merion Democrats Be Trusted with Money? The Evidence Says “No”.

More money spent on a bricks and mortar building in the age of Internet. Can Democrats be trusted with money? Do Democrats even understand money? How many people actually use the Ardmore library, that is, how many library card swipes are there in a month? No one seems to know…or care. It’s not their money […]

17 June 2012 0 Comments

K-12 Education Performance Measured: Southeastern K-12 School Rankings – What Pennsylvania’s Taxpayers’ $26 Billion Get For Their Money

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s best school districts based on PSSA test scores. The Business Journal/Business Times’ formula took into account three years of scores in the various subject areas. To see a slideshow on how each Philadelphia-area district ranks, click here.(62 photos) Sister publication the Pittsburgh Business Times recently took a look at scores statewide and ranked […]

19 March 2012 0 Comments

Democratic 1% of 1% Part 1: Lower Merion’s Solyndra – Dranoff’s Ardmore Transit Center

The 1% of Lower Merion      Dranoff’s  Dream                       Real World Taxpayer Nightmare. Millions for Millionaire Private Developer Politically Connected to the Democrats Carl Dranoff. $5.8 million spent by Lower Merion Democrats and Bureaucratic Allies on professional consultants and how much better all our lives are. The Township has spent $5.8 […]

20 December 2011 0 Comments

The Democrats Cannot Be Trusted With Money: An Explanation – Lower Merion a Special Case of Stupidity

The salient issue in comparing Lower Merion and Narberth is the increase in spending over time  and we don’t have that data. A no tax increase budget in an election year is very, very thin evidence of fiscal common sense.Has there been an increase in borrowing, which kicks the tax can down the road, but […]

1 October 2011 0 Comments

Lower Merion Where We Defy Economics: Bigger Library Fewer Books – The Past Preserved

WSJ August 29, 2011  “The economics of the book business are changing so rapidly the industry barely looks like it did just six months ago.” But not here in Lower Merion where the EXPANDED (with fewer books) $9 Million Ludington bricks and mortar, paper book horse and buggy “Library” building nears completion. We defy crass […]

4 September 2011 0 Comments

Jenny Brown: Lower Merion’s Union Contract – an Analysis

Friends, The terms of the proposed workers agreement are now public, so I am writing to give you some of the details.  I apologize in advance because I know this is a long email.  But you really have to read this to believe it. The context is important.  Under the most recent union contract, which […]

2 September 2011 0 Comments

Lower Merion Workers Association Contract Part 2: Jenny Brown Comments

Lower Merion Township Commissioner, The Forgotten Taxpayer’s BFF, comments on the proposed Workers Association contract. The Key Point: the Forgotten Taxpayer cannot afford these increases. Disturbingly, Township Commissioner Paul McElhaney plans on voting on the Workers Association contract negotiated by his brother, George McElhaney, president of the Lower Merion Workers Association. It seems that Commissioner […]

1 September 2011 0 Comments

Lower Merion Workers Association Contract Part 1: Commissioner Meeting August 3rd

Commissioner Jenny Brown’s analysis of the Workers Association 4 year proposed contract is set out in separate blog. It is not clear to me the effect of voting Wednesday or postponing the vote. Frankly, I had thought this was a done deal but it seems not. Alicia Glide of Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch reports: ” The Lower […]

31 August 2011 0 Comments

Lower Merion Jenny Brown: Comments on Lower Merion’s Majority Historically High Spending

Majority Commissioners Balancing Budget on Backs of Productive and Prudent Taxpayers, earners, savers, investors in job creating businesses which meet a payroll. This letter from The Forgotten Taxpayer’s BFF Commissioner Jenny Brown and letter to the editor brings to our attention the common sense ideas of Lower Merion Citizens for Responsible Budget.   From Commissioner […]