Mike Dunn is City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060. He covers the mayor, City Council, and every other aspect of the city’s political landscape.
Mike has been with KYW since 1990. His reporting specialties have also included keeping an eye on SEPTA and covering the city’s cultural institutions.
In 2001 Mike received a Society of Professional Journalists award for arts and culture reporting, for his coverage of the opening of the Kimmel Center.
He came to KYW Newsradio from the Voice of America, where he served as a United Nations correspondent from 1985 to 1990. Dunn has been based in New York City and Washington, DC at various times in his career prior to coming to KYW.
Dunn has a BA degree from the University of Maryland. He graduated from Neshaminy High School in Bucks County.
Mike and his wife have one daughter. They live in Philadelphia.
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And it seems that long-running labor issues are the key concern.
Incumbent Democrat Alan Butkovitz is seeking his third term in office. While he has the backing of the Democratic City Committee, he does face two primary challengers.
Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, argued against raising the city’s “U&O” business tax and in favor of boosting taxes on liquor and cigarettes.
One day after the firefighters union ousted its leader, the Nutter Administration announced the mayor is setting aside more than $30 million towards a resolution of its long-running contract dispute with the union.
City Council’s Finance committee today examines a proposal from Seventh District councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez on the ‘Use and Occupancy Tax,’ or U&O, a type of property tax specific to business owners.
The city plans to increase taxes on smokers and drinkers, and redouble its collection efforts on property taxes.
A City Council committee has agreed to relax zoning restrictions in a portion of Old City near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
The Pew analysis of the new assessments finds that the percentage of property taxes borne by individual homeowners compared to other owners will go from about 54 percent under the old system to about 60 percent under AVI.
“While this new safe haven is a huge step toward addressing the safety needs of survivors, our work as a community is far from over,” said Jeannine Lisitski, executive director of Women Against Abuse.
This brings a sickening feeling to the Philadelphia councilman who tried but failed to get the measure approved here.
A city councilman thinks the city should yank hundreds of millions of dollars in deposits from Well Fargo, unless bank officials come in and explain their role in deals that cost the city and school district millions.
Council President Darrell Clarke says council will comply with the School District’s request, but only if Harrisburg does the same. But how Clarke could get such guarantees is unclear, particularly since the state budget is unlikely to be settled before the city’s.
City councilman Mark Squilla thinks horse-drawn carriages should be allowed to operate during the afternoon rush hour, when they are currently prohibited.
Meanwhile, aides to the mayor are clarifying how he wants to raise the city’s portion.
Their frustration was evident in a speech made at the hearing by at-large councilman Denny O’Brien (at left in photo).
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