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(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, deputy mayor Everett Gillison, and budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, at the opening session of City Council's budget hearings.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Wrangling Begins Over Next Philadelphia Budget: How Will Schools Get Funded?

The school district wants more than $100 million above the city’s current contribution. The Nutter administration proposes raising $105 million with a 9.3-percent hike in property taxes. Councilmembers are already discussing alternate means.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/31/2015

(Doug Oliver, a candidate for mayor in the Democratic primary, picks a numbered ball from a coffee can to determine his position on the ballot.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Candidates For Mayor and Council Get Ballot Positions For May 19th Primary

Ballot positions for the May 19th primary were determined in a very low-tech way: the candidates chose numbered balls out of a coffee can.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/18/2015

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler testifies against widening smoking ban exemptions.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sources: Phila. City Council and Mayor May End Future Smoking Ban Exemptions

Sources tell KYW Newsradio that City Council and the mayor want to change Philadelphia’s smoking law so that no additional exemptions to the ban could be granted in the future.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

(Councilman Bill Greenlee.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

Council Committee Will Debate Sick Leave Again, And This Time The Mayor Seems To Be On Board

Before Council’s Public Health Committee is a measure that would require local businesses offer one hour of sick leave for every forty hours an employee works.

02/03/2015

(Councilman Bill Greenlee.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

Sponsor Of Plan For Mandatory Paid Sick Leave In Philadelphia Says He Can Override Veto By Nutter

Next week will bring yet another city council debate over the controversial idea of mandatory paid sick leave in Philadelphia, and the sponsor of the plan now says he has the votes needed to override what could be a third veto by Mayor Nutter.

01/23/2015

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Optimistic About Reaching A Compromise With Council On Paid Sick Leave Bill

A city council committee on January 27th will debate Councilman Bill Greenlee’s proposal to make sick leave mandatory in Philadelphia.

01/06/2015

(Councilman Bill Greenlee.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Getting New, Compromise Paid Sick Leave Bill

After two mayoral vetoes, councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee will try, try again to make mandatory sick leave the law of the land in Philadelphia.

12/11/2014

(Task force co-chairs Dan Calista and Natalie Levkovich, at left, isten as Mayor Nutter talks about their report.  Councilman Bill Greenlee is at right.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Mayor’s Task Force Proposes Compromise Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Mayor Nutter says paid sick leave is a “complicated policy question that profoundly affects employees and employers.” He previously vetoed two bills passed by City Council.

12/01/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

City Council Holds PGW Hearing, Lawmakers Refuse To Vote On Nutter’s Plan To Sell

This afternoon brings the start of a two-day hearing in which council members will examine what they call the “highest and best use” of the city-owned utility.

11/13/2014

(Andrew Stober testifies before a City Council committee about smartphone apps that let a driver auction off a pubic parking space.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Officials Have Harsh Words For Sell-Your-Parking-Space Apps

Andrew Stober, of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation, testified that apps that allow an on-street parking space be sold by one driver to another should be banned in Philadelphia.

11/12/2014

(The Monkey Parking web site.)

Philadelphia Councilman Hoping To Outlaw Selling Your Parking Space To Next Driver

Monkey Parking is a free iOS app that lets people announce where they are parked, and then take bids on who wants rights to park in that space next.

10/29/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Mayor Nutter Hopes Public Outcry Will Resurrect PGW Sale Proposal

Nutter, still fuming over City Council president Darrell Clarke’s decision to scuttle the PGW sale without a public hearing, is hoping that public pressure will force City Council to reverse course.

10/28/2014

(Councilman Bill Greenlee.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

Proposal Requires Landlords In Philadelphia Give 3 Months Notice Of Rent Increase

Councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee today will propose that all landlords give their tenants at least 90 days notice of a rent increase.

09/25/2014

(Mayor Nutter, announcing his intention to sell PGW.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council Poised To Publicly Debate Nutter’s Plan To Sell PGW

The final week of September is likely to bring the start of City Council’s long-awaiting public hearings on Mayor Nutter’s plan to sell PGW.

09/15/2014

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Not Everyone Excited About ‘Made In America’ This Weekend

“Made in America” takes place this weekend, but not everyone is thrilled about the event.

08/28/2014

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