Neilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.
A spokesman for the attorney general confirms there is an investigation.
The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.
Council president Darrell Clarke said an additional $30 million would serve as a stopgap in case Harrisburg approves a city tax on cigarettes.
Philadelphia school district officials are warning of dire consequences if the city and state don’t quickly come through with millions in new funding.
The SRC won’t adopt a budget for next school year until it has secured adequate funding for Philadelphia schools on both the local and state level.
The School Reform Commission has decided to defy the city charter and not pass a budget for next year on time.
“Typical” is how a Philadelphia elections official describes the problems that have cropped up so far in the first couple of hours of voting.
The district is already counting on City Council to provide $120 million more for next year by extending the one-percent city sales tax hike. But that’s far from a done deal. And it says it wants $96 million beyond that.
On Monday, City Council hears from school district officials on the so-called “empty shell” budget proposed for next year.
Matthew Wolfe, a GOP ward leader in Philadelphia, says he is ready to run against the Democrats’ pick in the May special election for the City Council seat recently vacated by Bill Green.
State rep Ed Neilson (at lectern in photo) said he’ll look forward to being closer to his Northeast Philadelphia home and his family if he wins.
Darrell Clarke has decided to call a special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of former at-large councilman Bill Green, now chair of the School Reform Commission.
Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite put a $320 million price tag on his action plan. But new SRC chair Bill Green said the district shouldn’t count on getting that much money from the city and state.
The decision on whether to call a special election rests now with Council President Darrell Clarke, and for the moment he is not commenting about his plans.