Wilson Goode Jr.
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.
Developer Brooke Lenfest (center of photo) wants to build two hotels — a “W” and an “Element” — on what is now a parking lot at 15th and Chestnut Streets.
“This is generally a tax break for the few, the new, and the well-to-do, not for most of Philadelphia,” Councilman Goode said of the tax-abatement program he would like to curtail.
Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, argued against raising the city’s “U&O” business tax and in favor of boosting taxes on liquor and cigarettes.
Before the City Council finance committee today was a proposal from Councilman Bill Green to require that half the man-hours on many contracts be performed by Philadelphia residents.
The clock is now ticking for Philadelphia City Council to begin grappling with what could be the biggest challenge in the budget season, the proposed “actual-value” system for property taxes.
Philadelphia at-large city councilman Frank Rizzo Jr., was apparently having trouble in his re-election bid shaking the charge that he ran for another term despite having entered the city’s controversial “DROP” pension program.