Philadelphia City Council
Little-Known City Tax May Become Latest Battleground Between City Council And Nutter Administration.
City councilman jim Kenney says Mayor Nutter’s efforts to crack down on residents who’ve been ignoring the so-called “School Tax” tax have gone too far.
Councilman Wilson Goode said the Nutter administration has been abusing its ability to grant waivers to the law that requires city contractors pay workers at least 1½ times the federal minimum wage.
“We need the BRT right now,” Councilman Mark Squilla says. “We need them to have these hearings. We need them to make sure they’re fair and as soon as possible.”
The increasing popularity of the website Airbnb.com, which hooks travelers up with people who are renting out rooms, is drawing the attention of Philadelphia City Council.
Philadelphia police and local utilities are planning a public awareness campaign to warn residents of scammers who try to enter homes posing as utility workers.
Council president Darrell Clarke, who also represents the district where the tower will be located, says there will be meetings for residents to voice concerns.
Congressman Bob Brady, who heads Philadelphia’s Democratic party, says a line has already formed of people vying for Bill Green’s at-large seat.
Having a doctor’s appointment over the Internet, via Skype or similar services, may be more common in a few years, according to local health care experts who testified today at a City Council hearing on the future of telemedicine.
Richard North III was sentenced to three years’ probation. He has already paid restitution of more than $62,000 and written a letter of apology to Councilman Bobby Henon.
Philadelphia inspector-general Amy Kurland says an investigation found that Danella Construction Co. overbilled the city and PGW for materials.
Within days of the collapse, Mayor Nutter announced new restrictions on how contractors in Philadelphia obtain demolition permits.
City Council president Darrell Clarke got fellow lawmakers to agree to a plan that would recover money sent to the school district by selling some unused school buildings to developers.
On May 17th, a city-sponsored job fair for ex-offenders was abruptly canceled when thousands of applicants swarmed the Municipal Services Building.
Mayor Michael Nutter says he’s not yet sure whether he’ll sign off on a City Council plan to change the way water rates are set in Philadelphia.
City Council gets a C-minus. And the state legislature gets a “D” in a report card from a coalition of groups led by Public Citizens for Children and Youth.