Police Merger Mania!

The option of regional police services appears to be attracting more interest from local lawmakers. Last week we learned that Macungie wants to look at a merger with Lower Macungie, Upper Milford and Alburtis. They should consider the option of getting in on the existing Berks Lehigh Regional police since Upper Macungie lawmakers aren’t really [...]

What’s the Point of a Toothless Regional Planning Commission?

There’s no way for the Lehigh Valley to stop unaffordable sprawl unless the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Comprehensive Plan has the force of law. But it does not have the force of law. It is only an advisory document. So David Jaindl thinks he can ignore it. Patrick Lester surveys the wreckage: When Lower Macungie [...]

Bernie O’Hare Is Not a Smart Man…

Bernie keeps saying that relatively high property taxes cause poverty. This is incorrect. He’s mistaking correlation for causation, and then drawing the causal lines the wrong way. It’s especially frustrating to have to correct this, because he really does know better. A few months ago Bernie and I were at the same brown bag lunch [...]

Real Talk on Police Regionalization

Andrew McGill has some real talk on Nazareth’s police regionalization push: The bare facts: The police budget, which was $785,785 in 2010, has grown 52 percent since 2005, when it was just under $520,000. Workers’ compensation insurance premiums shot up 22.5 percent in the past year alone, largely driven by police claims, Daugherty said. And [...]

Crime Control is More Important Than Politics

Andrew McGill’s got another great piece on regional policing in Nazareth. Like I said in my Patch column on this, this is not a done deal: When Nazareth Borough Council pitched dissolving the town’s police department in favor of contracting with a regional force, it made two promises: No officer would lose a job, and [...]

Scott Parsons Supports Regional Policing

Over at Patch I have a public choice take on the politics behind recent news stories on regional policing. I realized I hadn’t yet written about how Scott Parsons, the Democrat running against Ron Angle in District 4, is a proponent of regional policing: Left to their own devices, politicians are often all too happy [...]

Municipal Consolidation in Michigan

Kate Linebaugh as a very good article on municipal consolidation efforts in Michigan in the WSJ: Michigan has 1,773 municipalities, 609 school districts, 1,071 fire departments and 608 police departments. Gov. Rick Snyder wants some of them to disappear. The governor is taking steps to bring about the consolidation of municipal services, even whole municipalities, [...]