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Mike Dunn

(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

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

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

(Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testifies before City Council's Finance Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Low-Income Advocates Urge City Flexibility on New Property Tax Programs

Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testified that the new assessment system known as “AVI” (Actual Value Initiative) left many homeowners confused and scared.

05/24/2014

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, chairing a session at which a revised plan for funding Philadelphia's public schools was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Lawmakers Add a ‘Plan B’ To Philadelphia Schools Funding Measure

City Council president Darrell Clarke has decided to play it safe, adding a fallback provision to his plan to send sales tax proceeds to the cash-starved school district.

05/22/2014

(A Philadelphia voting machine.  File photo)

Few Problems Reported in First Hours of Philadelphia Voting

“Typical” is how a Philadelphia elections official describes the problems that have cropped up so far in the first couple of hours of voting.

05/20/2014

(Mayor Nutter announces a new configuration for Philadelphia Traffic Court.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

DA’s Office Put In Charge of Prosecutions at Philadelphia Traffic Court

Philadelphia officials today unveiled details on the long-planned overhaul of the city’s corruption-tainted Traffic Court.

05/19/2014

(A Septa concourse at Market East.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Septa Taking Over Concourse Maintenance, With Visions of Major Upgrade

With new state capital funding and a pending new lease with the city, Septa says it is about to embark on a major makeover of the concourse tunnels.

05/16/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, shortly after his school funding plan was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

‘Compromise’ School Funding Bill Aired in Phila. City Council

The Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.

05/15/2014

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

Debate Continues At City Hall Over How to Bring The School District $120M

Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke continue wrangling over a plan that would bring the School District an extra $120-million for the coming year.

05/15/2014

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., left, and city finance director Rob Dubow, right.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Phila. Schools Starved For Cash, Councilman Irked By Property Tax Abatements

City councilman Wilson Goode Jr. is accusing the Nutter administration of ignoring the needs of the school district by opposing his plan to scale back the city’s ten-year property tax abatement.

05/14/2014

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

New Chief Cultural Officer Named For City of Philadelphia

Mayor Nutter announced that he has chosen Helen Haynes, director of cultural affairs at Montgomery County Community College, to be the city’s new “chief cultural officer.”

05/13/2014

(Illustration by Ed Fischer)

Advertising On City-Owned Properties In Philadelphia Moves Closer To Reality

This week brings a deadline for advertising agencies to submit their ideas to the Nutter Administration on how to put ads on city properties and vehicles.

05/12/2014

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

Phila. Principal, 4 Teachers Charged With Doctoring Student Tests

Pennsylvania prosecutors have filed charges against a principal and four teachers, accusing them of cheating on standardized tests in the Philadelphia school system.

05/08/2014

(City councilman Wilson Goode Jr. watches as Mayor Nutter signs an executive order raising the minimum wage for certain city contract workers.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Raises Minimum Wage For Most City Contract Workers

Nutter has long opposed raising the minimum wage required to be paid by firms with local government contracts, but he said he gradually changed his mind.

05/06/2014

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