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Doesn't Philadelphia have a mayor?

November 8, 2009 - Mike Maneval

And don't the counties in which the city is located have commissioners?

I asked because, tucked away in the Associated Press coverage of the ongoing transit strike gripping Philadelphia is this revelation: Ed Rendell, governor of a state with an 8.3 percent unemployment rate, the lingering aftermath of one of the nation's messiest budget processes and about 60 counties well outside the Philadelphia metropolitan area, is brokering talks between the transit workers and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials.

I suspect that any number of more locally accountable figures could serve in such a capacity, freeing our governor up for governing the entire state of Pennsylvania and not just one corner. Since that is the job for which he's been collecting a paycheck for the past seven years.


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