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(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Council Committee Approves Resign-To-Run Charter Change Question

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.

11/22/2013

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilman Revamps His Ten-Year Tax Abatement Overhaul Proposal

Councilman Wilson Goode, who had originally proposed reducing the abatement slightly, is now pushing a plan to scale back the abatement more drastically.

09/19/2013

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Difficult Items On Agenda As Philadelphia City Council Begins Fall Session

While school funding will dominate the next few months, other key issues will be front and center, including revising the controversial property tax abatement.

09/12/2013

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Close Vote On Controversial 10-Year Tax Abatement By Philadelphia City Council

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.

06/16/2013

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Vote On Philadelphia Liquor Tax Unlikely Without Harrisburg Approval

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.

06/13/2013

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in 2011 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Goode Proposes Changes For Tax Abatement Program

“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.”

04/24/2013

(Philadelphia city councilman Wilson Goode Jr. questions Lori Shorr, the Nutter administration's chief education officer.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Nutter Aides Say They Got Little Warning of School District’s Additional Budget Request

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.

04/02/2013

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Philadelphia Lawmakers Plan to Remove A ‘Living Wage’ Exemption

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.

02/19/2013

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Philadelphia Lawmakers Increase Penalites on Skateboarders Who Damage Art

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.

12/13/2012

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City Council Pushing Plan To Regularly Monitor Banks

City Council is ramping up its long-running effort to monitor the lending practices of local banks in predominately lower-income neighborhoods.

09/29/2012

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Hearing To Be Held On Lease Between SEPTA And City Of Philadelphia

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.

02/18/2012

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The Importance Of Mentoring

With greater numbers of dysfunctional families and high poverty decreasing resources, a caring adult, a mentor, to encourage kids to stay in school and plan their futures is perhaps more important than ever.

01/23/2012

(File photo: Councilman James Kenney at a City Council hearing.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Kenney Joins Jockeying For Philadelphia City Council Presidency

Tuesday’s general election in Philadelphia has now given way to another election — one with just seventeen voters.

11/09/2011

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Election 2011: Lots Of Nerves On The Eve Of The Election

It’s the day before Election Day and suburban candidates and city Republicans are making the most noise.

11/07/2011

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Without Nutter’s Signature, Paid Sick Leave Bill Becomes Law In Philadelphia

Mayor Nutter didn’t sign it, but he didn’t veto it and now a bill that forces a small number of businesses in the city to offer their workers paid sick leave is the law in Philadelphia.

10/28/2011

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