Rejecting Mayor's School Bailout, Council Eyes Hikes in Parking and Business TaxesCity Council opposes Mayor Nutter's plan to raise property taxes by nearly ten percent, and seems headed for providing only $70-80 million of the requested $103 million.
Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Regulating, and Taxing, Airbnb Room RentalsRental of rooms or entire homes through web sites like Airbnb is currently illegal in Philadelphia, because the zoning code doesn't allow it.
Council Hungry For Alternatives to Mayor's Proposed Property Tax HikeMayor Nutter's plan to hike property taxes 9% for more school funding continues to draw skepticism from City Council members.
At-Large Seats Among Contested Phila. City Council RacesIn addition to candidates for mayor, Philadelphia voters today are also choosing their party's nominees for all 17 seats on City Council.
Philadelphia Proposing 8½-Percent Tax on Airbnb-Style Room RentalsThe Nutter administration has authored a measure that for the first time applies the city's existing hotel tax to Airbnb-type rentals.
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.
Phila. Candidates For Mayor and Council Get Ballot Positions For May 19th PrimaryBallot positions for the May 19th primary were determined in a very low-tech way: the candidates chose numbered balls out of a coffee can.
Sources: Phila. City Council and Mayor May End Future Smoking Ban ExemptionsSources 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.
Council Committee Will Debate Sick Leave Again, And This Time The Mayor Seems To Be On BoardBefore 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.
Sponsor Of Plan For Mandatory Paid Sick Leave In Philadelphia Says He Can Override Veto By NutterNext 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.
Nutter Optimistic About Reaching A Compromise With Council On Paid Sick Leave BillA city council committee on January 27th will debate Councilman Bill Greenlee's proposal to make sick leave mandatory in Philadelphia.
Phila. City Council Getting New, Compromise Paid Sick Leave BillAfter two mayoral vetoes, councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee will try, try again to make mandatory sick leave the law of the land in Philadelphia.