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(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets. File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Taxes Under The Microscope Amid School District Cash Crisis

Amid the latest Philadelphia School District cash crisis, City Council plans to put the Nutter Administration’s tax collection efforts under the microscope.

05/26/2014

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

Nutter’s Plan To Sell PGW Prompts Strong Response In City Council

One lawmaker this past week lashed out at a state agency which has given its thumbs-up to Mayor Nutter’s plan to sell PGW.

05/25/2014

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Celebrations Ensue After Living Wage Charter Change Approval

By Mike Dunn PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia voters this past week approved a change in the city charter requiring city subcontractors to give raises to their workers. The success of that referendum prompted a celebration […]

05/25/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, during hearings on the school district's next budget.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

School Officials Renew Their Plea For Funding At City Council

Philadelphia school officials told city council, today, the deadline for massive lay-offs is getting close and a failure to to come up with funding will mean dire conditions in schools next year.

05/21/2014

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City Council To Examine “Pill Mills” In The City

Philadelphia City Council is going to take a look at reigning in so-called “Pill Mills,” which are medical offices that are quick to hand out boatloads of prescription medications.

05/18/2014

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City Council To Hear From School District Officials On Proposed Budget

On Monday, City Council hears from school district officials on the so-called “empty shell” budget proposed for next year.

05/04/2014

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council Wants Financial Oversight Before Helping Cash-Strapped School District

City Council President Darrell Clarke says before City Council steps up to help, local lawmakers want more oversight of the school district’s budget.

04/26/2014

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City Council Considers Mandatory Fire Escape Inspections In Wake Of Deadly Collapse

Philadelphia lawmakers are looking at forcing landlords in the city, for the first time, to conduct regular inspections of fire escapes.

04/12/2014

City Controller Alan Butkovitz (L) is questioned by Councilman David Oh (R) during a budget hearing. (credit: City of Philadelphia)

City Controller Faults Secrecy Amid School District’s Financial Mess

Philadelphia’s Controller, Alan Butkovitz, says a culture of secrecy pervades the School District, making it difficult for anyone to get to the root of the district’s massive deficits.

04/08/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Councilman Pushes Plan To Overhaul Struggling Pension Fund For City Workers

Councilman-At-Large David Oh is pushing a major overhaul to the pension fund for city workers — a fund that he says is dragging down the rest of the City Hall budget.

04/05/2014

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Local Activist Who Fights For Marijuana Legalization Enters City Council Race

A new candidate has entered the race for the vacant seat on City Council, and part of his platform focuses on decriminalizing marijuana.

04/04/2014

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

City Council Hires Consultant To Analyze Proposed Sale Of PGW

City Council has hired a Massachusetts firm called Concentric Energy Advisors to analyze the winning PGW bid, as well as the losing bids and the entire concept of the sale.

04/01/2014

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Health: Changes May Soon Come For Electronic Cigarette Users In Philadelphia

Smoking electronic cigarettes in public places in the city of Philadelphia could soon be restricted. City Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to ban them in places like restaurants, bars and public parks, just like the current regular cigarette ban in the city.

03/26/2014

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City Councilman Discusses Vote To Ban E-Cigarettes in Public Places Throughout Philadelphia

City Councilman Bill Greenlee explained the rationale behind the measure is that much is still unknown about e-cigarettes and they could potentially be a safety risk.

03/26/2014

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Nutter’s Aides, Council Discuss Labor Union Contract Negotiations

City Council opened six weeks of hearings on Mayor Nutter’s new budget by focusing on the still-unsettled labor contract for the largest municipal workers union.

03/20/2014

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