JOIN ME IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR COMPASSION
I am serving on the steering committee for the Montco Comprehensive Plan 2040. This plan will guide the allocation of County resources and address transportation, traffic, infrastructure, parks and trails, housing and economic development. I strongly encourage people to provide input by attending one of the four meetings on the plan this month.
The meetings are:
11-18, 7-9pm at the Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown
11-19, 4-6Pm at the North Penn Community Health foundation in Colmar
11-20, 7-9PM at the Upper Dublin Township Building in Ft. Washington
11-25,4-6PM at the Upper Merion Township Building in King of Prussia
The Montco Planning Commission is available to make presentations in addition to these meetings.
Thank you for your support in the election on Tuesday. We won with victories for Steve Tolliver and Gail Weilheimer for County Judges, Mickey Simon and Ann Rappoport for Township Commissioners and Democrats on the School Board as well. In 2014 I will work to raise the value of Cheltenham by:
- supporting our school students;
- modernizing our old infrastructure;
- listening to the concerns of residents and businesses;
- moderating real estate taxation; and
- encouraging voting by making Election Day a local holiday.
I recently saw the movie “Inequality for All”. A main point of the movie is that low wages hurt families and businesses. Low wages for families means, in part, less ability to buy what is needed or desired. Low wages for businesses means, in part, lower purchasing power of consumers and lower sales and lower production.
Small Business Majority found strong support for raising the minimum wage in order increase consumer buying and business sales when they surveyed small business owners in April 2013. 65% of their respondents agreed that increasing the minimum wage will boost consumer demand for small businesses, helping them to grow and hire. See more info at www.smallbusinessmajority.org
What does this mean for Cheltenham? In part it means that the Cheltenham Mall is suffering due to the low wages and therefore low purchasing power of many residents in nearby communities. As long as wages are low, then the amount of money to shop will be low; the sales of businesses that rely on these consumers will be low; the success of businesses that rely on these consumers will be low and the rental of space to such businesses will suffer.
Raising wages is the way to increase family income, family shopping and sales that businesses need to survive and expand.
I attended a conference of locally elected officials in Washington, DC on 26 and 27 October, at my own expense. Below are some examples of initiatives that were discussed at the conference that local government can take:
-advertise and promote Election Day
-require landlords to provide voter registration forms to tenants at the time of leasing; and
-allow 16 year olds to vote in local elections
-adopt building codes that encourage and require energy conservation
-involve police department in activities that reduce juvenile delinquency; and
-coordinate township recreation programs with public school programs to enhance after school activities for children