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Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority

(The PICA board meets on September 17th to consider the City of Philadelphia's five-year spending plan.  It was approved unanimously.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

State Oversight Agency OKs Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget Plan

The five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.

09/17/2013

(The board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority meets with Philadelphia budgeting officials.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Oversight Agency Postpones Approval Vote on Phila. Five-Year Budget

PICA Board chairman Sam Katz says he wants more information from the Nutter administration about money the city would have to set aside for unresolved municipal labor contracts.

07/30/2013

(Philadelphia fire chief Lloyd Ayers, at head of table, listens as mayor's chief of staff Everett Gillison, third from left, makes a point to the PICA board.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Nutter Aide Disputes Finding of Widespread Racism in Phila. Fire Dept.

Everett Gillison disputes a recent report that the Philadelphia Fire Department is “rife with racial division.”

03/20/2012

(File photo)

Study Rips Management, Operations of Philadelphia Fire Department

A top-to-bottom assessment of the Philadelphia Fire Department says the department is wracked by low morale and racial strife. And response times are lower than national standards — particularly responses to medical emergencies.

01/18/2012

(Taxicabs at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.   Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Part 4: The Other Side of the Coin

“I don’t think anybody else wanted the task of regulating the taxi industry,” says the owner of a Philadelphia cab company who thinks the Parking Authority is doing a pretty good job of it.

11/04/2011

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo)

Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget Plan Gets OK’d By State Agency

Mayor Michael Nutter’s long-range budget has been approved by the state agency that watches over the city’s spending. But that approval came with some misgivings.

07/26/2011

Sam Katz is the new chairman of the board for PICA (by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Sam Katz Sworn-In, Elected PICA Board Chairman

After three-time mayoral candidate Sam Katz was sworn in, he was immediately elected chairman of the PICA Board. “It’s nice to finally win an election,” Katz said.

03/16/2011

(Outgoing PICA board chairman James Eisenhower, second from right, receives a plaque from fellow board members acknowledging his service.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

PICA Board Chair Resigns As Pa. Gets New Governor

Attorney James Eisenhower had served the past four ars as chairman of the board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the state agency that watches over Philadelphia’s often-shaky finances.

01/18/2011