The proposal would raise the “hospitality promotion tax” in Philadelphia from 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent.
City Council’s Caucus Room was awash in winter woolies this week. For the 13th straight year, volunteers brought in knitted hats, scarves, and mittens for children in need.
The sponsor, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, says once the mayor signs it, the measure will take effect next March.
Philadelphia city officials are looking to impose, for the first time, penalties for the use of all-terrain vehicles (“ATVs”) on sidewalks.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is calling for justice in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager.
This week’s death of “Soul Train” host Don Cornelius was marked in Philadelphia City Council Thursday with a surprising admission from one of the lawmakers.
The plan introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown would have advertisements plastered on yellow school buses in the city.
“We have to do some things differently, and we cannot be stuck in old ways of doing things, when the problems we’re looking at are so big,” Blondell Reynolds Brown says.
Chris previews tomorrow’s Republican Primary vote in Florida. He talks to Jeff Roe and Michael Bronsteing on the Monday Morning Matchup about the Republican establishment’s assault on Newt Gingrich, Candidate for Senate, Steve Welch, about his endorsement from Governor Tom Corbett, and Kate Snow from NBC’s Rock Center.
City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and an ally in the state house are introducing companion bills to allow city bars to serve alcohol until 3 a.m., an hour later than currently.
Passage of the lead paint bill comes after city councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, the sponsor, spent several years working both with landlords and child advocates.
Councilwoman (and Penn State alumna) Blondell Reynolds-Brown has authored a bill in which any city employee convicted of sexual abuse of a minor would forfeit his or her city pension.
After the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State controversy exploded, state lawmakers rushed to submit anti-pedophile legislation. Now, a Philadelphia City Council member is doing the same.
Shouting “shame” at councilmembers, opponents blasted Mayor Nutter for a curfew that they believe does little to solve the problem of flash mobs and that will, in their view, only encourage police harassment of minorities.
The city is filled with old houses. Many contaminated with chipped lead paint that can be especially dangerous for children.