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City Council Initial Approval of Gallery Shopping Mall Remake Moves ForwardThe plan includes a huge city tax break for the owner, worth $55 million.
At-Large Seats Among Contested Phila. City Council RacesIn addition to candidates for mayor, Philadelphia voters today are also choosing their party's nominees for all 17 seats on City Council.
Councilman Says 'Nonprofit' Shouldn't Mean 'Noncontributing' to Philadelphia SchoolsCouncilman Wilson Goode calls them "mega-nonprofits" -- the city's universities and health care institutions, which are now exempt from property taxes.
As Strike Threat Looms, Phila. Lawmakers Press For Better Treatment of Workers at PHL AirportOne former employee of an airport contractor, a wheelchair attendant, tearfully recounted being fired because of her activity in support of a fair wage.
PHL Airport Contract Workers Demand Prompt 'Living Wage' AdjustmentThe airport workers were unhappy because the mayor's executive order raising their wages does not apply to contracts currently in force, and that means the raises won't come until the contracts are amended or renewed.
With Phila. Schools Starved For Cash, Councilman Irked By Property Tax AbatementsCity 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.
Nutter Raises Minimum Wage For Most City Contract WorkersNutter 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.
Councilman Says Nutter Administration Gives Too Many 'Living Wage' WaiversCouncilman 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.
Council Approves $33-Million Tax Break For Center City Hotel ProjectDeveloper 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.
Phila. Councilmembers Skirt Controversial Property Tax Vote"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.
City Council Committee Pushes Alternative Funding Source For School Budget GapRob 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.
Councilman Wants City Contractors To Hire More Philadelphia ResidentsBefore 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.

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