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Nutter Unveils New Budget Plan; Possible Sticker Shock For Homeowners

Philadelphia property owners, residential and commercial, brace yourself: Mayor Nutter is unveiling a new budget while laying out a plan that will mean higher property taxes for many.


File Photo: Dr. Donald Schwarz, Philadelphia's deputy mayor for health and opportunity.  (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Warn State Cuts Will Decimate Mental Health Services Here

Dr. Donald Schwarz says he has “not seen anything like this before.”


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Measure Would Yank Pensions From Philadelphia City Workers Convicted Of Child Sex Abuse

Councilwoman (and Penn State alumna) Blondell Reynolds-Brown has authored a bill in which any city employee convicted of sexual abuse of a minor would forfeit his or her city pension.


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Philadelphia Reports Budget Surplus, Albeit Miniscule, For Fiscal Year 2011

The City of Philadelphia’s finances are so bleak these days that when a very slight budget surplus appears, officials call a news conference to crow about it.


(Rob Dubow, back to camera, at last week's meeting of the Philadelphia Pension Board.   Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Pension Board Puts Sidelined Millions Back Into Equities Markets

The proceeds of more than $40 million in stocks sold off last week by the city’s pension fund, when the global markets were in chaos, is now being reinvested.


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State and Local Officials Wary Of Possible Budget Fallout From Latest Stocks Meltdown

The turmoil in financial markets could quickly filter down to the budgets of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, with officials at both levels facing difficult decisions.


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Philadelphia Making Up For Lost Time With Property Tax Assessments

The long-running confusion over the city’s system of assessing property values was again front and center as City Council began its review of the mayor’s budget. The question: what happens when the latest tax hike gets rolled back?


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Mayor Nutter Delivers Philadelphia Budget On Thursday

The budget that Mayor Nutter is expected to deliver is expected to be a relatively pain-free spending plan. However, bad news from Harrisburg or D.C. in the future could change that.



February’s Record Snowfall Nets Philadelphia $1.8 Million In FEMA Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency agrees with the rest of us, last February’s record-setting snowfall was a disaster


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City Finance Director Delivers Glimmer Of Hope On Budget

Mayor Nutter’s Finance Director delivered a glimmer of optimism to city council about the city’s cash-starved budget along with a large dose of caution.