…and thus continues my list of cons regarding Philadelphia.
Twitter was in a tizzy today. In an attempt to close their budget gap, Philly has decided that rather than begin by dismissing their under performing, over paid school superintendent, they want to bring to life the saying of taking blood from a stone by mandating that bloggers purchase a business license. According to a spokesman for my buddy Nutter, “this is nothing new and applies to any revenue-making enterprise, from large corporations to neighborhood pizza joints and mom-and-pop businesses.”* Their logic is that “a blog is capable of selling ads then it’s capable of making money.”** Despite the amount you make bloggers must have a business license on hand. You can apply for the lifetime license at $300 or pay $50 a year to the city.
Ahh, Philly. I get the idea of making sure small business follow the rules, but this is ridiculous. What’s next, eBay, Etsy, Craig’s List? Let me shut my mouth in case this sparks an idea…
As times changes, government needs to change with it. Why not have a sliding scale based on the amounts a person has made on their blogs, based on the taxes they filed (which is how you found out about MOST of the blogs)? We live in extremely hard (read: BROKE) times and Philly knows this, as evidenced by fire station brown outs among other things. Get with the times, Philly. Social media is the wave of the future. Embrace new ideas and think outside the box to accommodate this.
According to the Citypaper, Philadelphia has pending legislation that you wouldn’t be responsible for taxes on the first $100,000. This is supposed to attract small businesses. What about the folks who are here now, trying to make a few dollars?
Too little too late.