Councilman Wilson Goode, who had originally proposed reducing the abatement slightly, is now pushing a plan to scale back the abatement more drastically.
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.
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.
Krajewski represented the 6th Councilmanic District, in Northeast Philadelphia, from 1980 until 2012.
Philadelphia’s mayor and council president have very different ideas about where to find money for public schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.