This is not our first endeavor to improve redistricting in local or state government, but never before have we been more concerned about this critical democratic process. Read More...

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Seventy has watched with dismay as successive waves of partisan map-drawing have crippled our ability to govern, turned voters even more cynical, and left our Commonwealth as a national poster child for partisan abuse. There is no perfect solution, but action is needed. Read More...

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Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh testified before the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Legislative Oversight on February 21 to discuss the benefits of lowering the wage tax and the Job Growth Coalition's game-changing proposal that will be reintroduced to the Legislature soon.  Read More...

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City Councilman Allan Domb recently proposed an amendment that would allow any Councilmember to request Fiscal Impact Statements on non-appropriations bills. The Committee of Seventy agreed that making this information more accessible is an important step in the right direction to address the fiscal challenges that still face the City.  Read More...

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Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburg testified before Philadelphia's Law and Government Committee on October 24 to discuss the implications of a new small-dollar matching scheme for city elections. Good idea, but lots of questions. Read More...

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Seventy President David Thornburgh submitted written comments urging the House State Government Committee to consider creating an independent and impartial citizen commission to restore faith and transparency to the decennial redistricting process. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy applauds the initiative taken by the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and City Council to improve the city’s campaign finance ordinance and urges this Committee to vote in favor of Bill 150368. Read More...

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With the 2015 municipal elections already underway, Seventy commends the Ethics Board for proposing amendments to its regulation interpreting the city’s campaign finance law.  Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy applauds City Council for taking up this long overdue reform of Philadelphia’s gifts rules. We urge Council to amend the proposed gifts rules to impose limits on the acceptance by city officers and employees of gifts from their non-city employers who have an interest in, or are seeking, city business. For consistency, the financial limits should mirror those set in other sections of the gifts rule.  Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy reluctantly supports amending the Charter’s requirement that city elected officials must resign before running for another public office because Philadelphians desperately need more good candidates to choose from and this measure is likely to foster more competition.  Read More...

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