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City Council Faces A Week Full Of Contentious Debates

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Mike Dunn Mike Dunn
Mike Dunn is City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060. He covers...
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Today brings the start of one of the biggest weeks in Philadelphia City Council this year, with debates raging over bailing out the school district, requiring companies to give paid sick leave, policing the homeless and eliminating the DROP program.

Tuesday in City Council brings what could be a heated hearing on a bill to reign in aggressive panhandling.

The controversial DROP program will dominate the day Wednesday, with some on Council poised to revise DROP, rather than eliminate it as the Mayor wants.

Thursday could bring a final vote on an equally controversial issue — a bill that would require local firms to offer paid sick leave to workers.

The debate prompted speeches in Council last week from opponents: “If you give paid sick days, they become paid vacation days.”

And from workers who’ve been sick: “I actually passed along this virus to eight of my co-workers.”

And Friday brings hearings on Mayor Nutter’s plan to bail out the school district with a soda tax or with higher-than-ever property taxes. Get ready.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060