Ballot positions for the May 19th primary were determined in a very low-tech way: the candidates chose numbered balls out of a coffee can.
City Council is at odds with the Nutter Administration over a law that forces non-profits in the city to prove they’re truly not for profit.
A city councilman wants labor deals in place for employees of contractors at Philadelphia International Airport.
“It enhances protections for whisteblowers by strengthening confidentiality provisions, to prevent retaliation, and to ensure that employees feel comfortable reporting misconduct,” Nutter said.
The sponsor of the plan, councilman-at-large David Oh, said the 60-year old “resign to run” provision of the city charter simply does not work.
Councilman Wilson Goode, who had originally proposed reducing the abatement slightly, is now pushing a plan to scale back the abatement more drastically.
While school funding will dominate the next few months, other key issues will be front and center, including revising the controversial property tax abatement.
It was a close vote this past week as Philadelphia City Council decided to revise the city’s controversial 10-year tax abatement on new construction.
City Council President Darrell Clarke says council is not likely to vote on a hike in the liquor-by-the-drink tax until they’re clear that Harrisburg has given them approval to raise the tax for the schools bailout.
“We’re giving away money (through the abatement) that we don’t necessarily need to give away,” Goode said. “And at the same time, driving up tax bills for everyone else.”
The mayor’s proposed budget contains no extra money for the school district. But members of the School Reform Commission said last week they need $60 million more from the city.
Tara Russell has worked for four years at the airport, assisting travelers who use wheelchairs. She told City Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee that she earns just $7.00 an hour because she is expected to earn tips.
The measure would raise penalties for damaging a war memorial or public artwork from $300 in the current law to $1,000 and up to 30 days of jail time.
City Council is ramping up its long-running effort to monitor the lending practices of local banks in predominately lower-income neighborhoods.
A city councilman plans to hold a hearing on the long-running lease negotiations between the city and SEPTA. He says the city isn’t getting its fair share.