Philadelphia tries again on campaign finance reforms

Philadelphia tries again on campaign finance reforms

At a recent monthly meeting, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics endorsed legislation that would bring a raft of critical changes to the city’s campaign finance laws and limits.

Most notably, the bill would shift the city away from annual campaign finance limits and to a system of limits based on four-year election cycles – while increasing the maximum allowable contribution during that period to $5,000 for individuals and $20,000 for businesses and other organizations.
Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Ryan Briggs
Categories: Philadelphia
Not all Democrats on board with Philly safe injection sites proposal

Not all Democrats on board with Philly safe injection sites proposal

In January, the City of Philadelphia announced it will implement safe injection sites, also known as comprehensive user engagement sites (CUES), in an effort to limit the number of people who will likely die from overdosing on opioids. 

Since the announcement, several Democrats have not warmed up to the progressive plan. 
Friday, April 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
PA Supreme Court to take up appeal in Philadelphia Soda Tax case

PA Supreme Court to take up appeal in Philadelphia Soda Tax case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the appeal in Williams v. City of Philadelphia, the case working its way through the state courts challenging the legality of the beverage tax levied by the City of Philadelphia.

 

The court, in granting the appeal, limited review of the issue to the following question: “Does the City's Tax violate the Sterling Act, 53 P.S. § 15971, which prohibits Philadelphia from imposing a tax on a transaction or subject that the Commonwealth already taxes?”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Pennsylvania continues fight against opioid epidemic

Pennsylvania continues fight against opioid epidemic

On January 10, 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf took what many saw as the dramatic step of issuing a statewide disaster declaration over the opioid epidemic currently gripping the commonwealth.

 

Since that time, Pennsylvania’s governmental entities—from the executive and legislative branches, all the way to local governments—are continuing to step up the fight against opioid abuse and overdose deaths.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Philly, Pittsburgh both named finalists for new Amazon HQ

Philly, Pittsburgh both named finalists for new Amazon HQ

Pennsylvania's two biggest cities are both finalists for Amazon’s HQ2 that sent elected officials across the country running to their planners to craft their golden ticket for $5 billion in investment and 50,000 new jobs.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were listed as one of the 20 finalists Amazon announced with a page on their website posted Thursday morning. In total, 238 cities and regions applied for the second headquarters after Amazon announced its plans in the fall 2017.

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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