Philadelphia launches municipal IDs, joining other big cities

Philadelphia launches municipal IDs, joining other big cities

Philadelphia residents can now obtain a city-issued photo ID, as the city announced Thursday they’re now accepting and processing applications.

City Council passed legislation last year to create the municipal ID, modeled after those available in other big cities like New York and Chicago. This is the first city-issued identification in the state of Pennsylvania.
Thursday, April 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

Philadelphia City Council began weeks of budget hearings Monday by looking at the city’s five-year plan. 

Council started their work on the budget presented by Mayor Jim Kenney (D) earlier this month. The five-year plan goes into fiscal year 2024, when Kenney would be finishing his second term should he win re-election. 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

5,465 Pennsylvanians died in 2017 from overdoses. Two bills introduced into the House look to cut that number by making it easier and quicker for patients seeking addiction treatment to get matched with help.

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has proposed two measures this session to combat the waiting time some face in accessing treatment. One offers to fund statewide “warm hand-offs” that facilitate people treated for overdoses at a hospital directly transferring to a bed in a treatment center. The other creates a registry for detoxification and addiction treatment.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary

Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary


Certain traditions in Philadelphia are hard to properly explain to outsiders. Grown men dressing in skirts, carrying parasols, and dancing around on New Year’s Day. Parking in the flat median of the city’s busiest thoroughfare. Anyone ordering or buying scrapple.

Wednesday saw another bizarre but beloved practice play out in City Hall. Dozens of citizens from all walks of life came out to draw for ballot position for this year’s May primary. Pulling numbered ping pong balls from an old Horn and Hardart coffee can, a tradition that goes back decades, candidates learned their fate for one of the largest ballots in memory.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

If Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) wins re-election this fall, Fiscal Year 2024 will be the last he oversees while in office. In his budget address before City Council Thursday, he outlined a city making great strides in those five years. 

Joined by city officials and other luminaries, Kenney delivered his FY 2020 budget, totaling just under $5 billion. The city has projected about $4.9 billion in revenue, with no proposed new taxes.
Thursday, March 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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