By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia City Council opens its 2015 session this morning with an assortment of weighty issues ahead – including sick leave and the mayor’s final budget. But it may be the coming May primary that dominates the next few months.READ MORE: 'I'm Angry, I'm Frustrated': City Leaders React As Philadelphia Surpasses 400 Homicides In 2021
Council President Darrell Clarke is holding a news conference this morning before Council convenes, and he’s not disclosing the topic. His spokesperson says only that the theme will be 2015.
And for the 17 members of council, 2015 means election time, with the all-important May primary looming. All the lawmakers except Marian Tasco are expected to seek re-election.READ MORE: Philadelphia High School Football Player Ivan Hicks Died From Cardiovascular Disease During July Scrimmage, Coroner Says
On their official agenda in the coming months will be Mayor Nutter’s final budget, which he will unveil in early March. That discussion will likely be dominated by the enormous financial needs of the School District.
Also on tap is a hearing next week on the controversial proposal to force local businesses to offer paid sick leave.MORE NEWS: Trial Underway For Gilbert Newton III, Philadelphia Man Accused Of Stabbing To Death Ex-Girlfriend Morgan McCaffrey