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(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilman Revamps His Ten-Year Tax Abatement Overhaul Proposal

Councilman Wilson Goode, who had originally proposed reducing the abatement slightly, is now pushing a plan to scale back the abatement more drastically.

09/19/2013

(The former Germantown High School.  File photo by Carrie Hodousek)

Expert Says Plan To Sell Off Philly School Buildings Won’t Fetch Much Cash

University of Pennsylvania design professor Harris Steinberg thinks most of the now-shuttered buildings will bring the city little money — if they can be sold at all.

09/14/2013

(Protesters calling for more funding for Philadelphia's public schools disrupt the opening meeting of City Council's fall session.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Tug-of-War Over Philadelphia School Funding Draws City Hall Protests

Dozens of school advocates interrupted the conclusion of Thursday’s City Council meeting with jeers for the mayor and Council because of the school funding stalemate.

09/12/2013

(Joan Krajewski in 2008.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Longtime Phila. Councilwoman Joan Krajewski Dead at 79

Krajewski represented the 6th Councilmanic District, in Northeast Philadelphia, from 1980 until 2012.

08/29/2013

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Nutter And Clarke Still Disagree On School Funding Plan

Philadelphia’s mayor and council president have very different ideas about where to find money for public schools.

08/14/2013

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Philadelphia Officials Tussling Over Last $50 Million For School District

Mayor Michael Nutter is playing down a rift between himself and City Council president Darrell Clarke over the school funding crisis in the Philadelphia School District.

08/09/2013

(City of Philadelphia budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, listens as city finance director Rob Dubow responds to a reporter's question.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Finance Director Says 1¢ Sales Tax Hike Needs To Remain

Rob Dubow says the Philadelphia school district’s budget woes could get worse if City Council doesn’t approve a bill to make permanent the once-temporary hike in the sales tax.

08/05/2013

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

City Council President Sounds Warning Cry About Philadelphia’s Worker Pension Fund

The 2009 one-percent hike in the Philadelphia sales tax was supposed to be temporary, but it’s now permanent as part of the state’s solution to the school district cash crisis.

07/21/2013

Stigall Show Log 7.18.13

Chris discusses some supermarket and pharmacy’s decision not sell this month’s issue of Rolling Stone, Jimmy Carter’s issue with race, and Philadelphia Council President Darrell Clarke’s idea to use additional sale tax revenue for employee pensions.

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–07/18/2013

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City Council Continues Probe Into Fatal Center City Building Collapse

Who will appear and who won’t? That’s the question of the day at Philadelphia City Council, where a committee resumes its probe of last month’s tragic building collapse in Center City.

07/18/2013

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo)

City Council Members Say Summer Recess Is Not A “Paid Vacation”

City Council members adjourned for their annual three-month summer recess by refuting a newspaper editorial that said their break amounts to a paid vacation.

06/22/2013

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Controversial, Contentious Budget Was Hallmark of Phila. Council’s Legislative Season

After months of debate, Council president Darrell Clarke says he’s proud of the final version of the Actual Value Initiative that Council has approved.

06/20/2013

(Council president Darrell Clarke is flanked by councilmembers as he announces the city's plan to provide an extra $74 million to the school district.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

City Will Use New Cigarette Tax, Not Tax Hike On Bar Drinks, For School Funding

“We have done our part, exceeding the request,” Council president Darrell Clarke said Tuesday in City Council chambers, “and we will conclude our budget process this Thursday.”

06/18/2013

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Future of Philadelphia Cigarette Tax Uncertain Despite City Council OK

The vote was unanimous for the new cigarette tax, which would take effect next January and bring an estimated $45 million to city schools. State approval is required.

06/13/2013

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Vote On Philadelphia Liquor Tax Unlikely Without Harrisburg Approval

City Council President Darrell Clarke says council is not likely to vote on a hike in the liquor-by-the-drink tax until they’re clear that Harrisburg has given them approval to raise the tax for the schools bailout.

06/13/2013

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