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Governed by Criminals: An Ongoing Series

Having gone a few rounds with the IRS, I can only imagine what would happen if I had a $22 million tax bill and failed to pay it, explaining: “I didn’t think I had to.”

That is precisely what is happening with the Philadelphia-area transit authority (SEPTA), which cannot make the trains run on time but does have a sideline business acting as a commercial landlord, thereby acquiring property-tax liabilities. The agency has known about this for at least a decade: In 2003, a court ruled that SEPTA had to pay its taxes. Of course, it will not have to pay its taxes. Taxes are for the little people.

Oh, Philadelphia: If you didn’t exist, nobody would invent you.

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