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Wilson Goode Jr.

(PHL airport workers protest outside the City Hall office of Mayor Michael Nutter.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

PHL Airport Contract Workers Demand Prompt ‘Living Wage’ Adjustment

The 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.

06/10/2014

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., left, and city finance director Rob Dubow, right.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Phila. Schools Starved For Cash, Councilman Irked By Property Tax Abatements

City 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.

05/14/2014

(City councilman Wilson Goode Jr. watches as Mayor Nutter signs an executive order raising the minimum wage for certain city contract workers.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Raises Minimum Wage For Most City Contract Workers

Nutter 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.

05/06/2014

(Councilman Wilson Goode questions Nutter administration official Mary Stitt at a City Council hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Says Nutter Administration Gives Too Many ‘Living Wage’ Waivers

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.

01/29/2014

(Hotel developer Brooke Lenfest, center, talks with City Council president Darrell Clarke, right, and others just before Council approved a tax break for his project.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Council Approves $33-Million Tax Break For Center City Hotel Project

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.

12/12/2013

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., seen in 2011 file photo, pressed for a vote to curtail the city's ten-year tax abatement program on new construction.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

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.

09/12/2013

(Nutter administration finance director Rob Dubow testifies before City Council's finance committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Committee Pushes Alternative Funding Source For School Budget Gap

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.

05/17/2013

(City councilman Bill Green, in file photo from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Wants City Contractors To Hire More Philadelphia Residents

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.

10/17/2012

(Philadelphia City Hall at night.  File photo by Kate Fehlinger.)

Philadelphia Councilmembers Accept Need For Property Tax Overhaul, With Some Concerns

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.

03/08/2012

(Frank Rizzo Jr., in file photo)

Rizzo Struggles Against ‘DROP’ For At-Large City Council Renomination

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.

05/17/2011

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