Mayor, Controller quarrel over soda tax report

Mayor, Controller quarrel over soda tax report

A report released Tuesday by the Philadelphia City Controller on soda tax revenue has re-opened debate over the spending and motivation of the controversial measure. When the report raised concerns on how the money is being held before allocation, the city’s administration defended their methodology and made some accusations of their own.

The Controller’s office reported the total revenue from the tax since its inception in 2017 at $137 million through September 2018, the start of fiscal year 2019 on programs, while over $101 million remained in the General Fund. 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed through five of six bills considered Wednesday, including an alteration to tax laws allowing businesses to carry net operating losses for a longer period on their tax returns. The only bill voted down was a change to tobacco licenses, allowing them to change locations or holders.

Introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-District 1), the measure would roll back restrictions set in 2016 that blocked all transfers.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Philadelphia’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections passed through two bills Wednesday. The bills would mandate that property owners obtain licenses and provide contact information, especially if they are outside-controlled LLCs. 

Policy experts and city officials testified to difficulties tenants face when contacting their landlords. Many properties owned by LLCs and other private ownership groups don’t have readily available information and those unlicensed often carry code violations, like lead paint in units rented to parents of young children.

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
New cooperation feelings as City Council meets new school board

New cooperation feelings as City Council meets new school board

The new Philadelphia school board met with council members on Tuesday at City Hall, but after the joy from returned local control wore off, Council President Darrell Clarke (D-District 5) set the tone for the daylong hearings.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Attorney General announces charges against former Philadelphia city official

Attorney General announces charges against former Philadelphia city official

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges Tuesday against Desiree Peterkin-Bell, former City Representative under Mayor Michael Nutter (D). The charges stem from misuse of funds earmarked by the Fund for Philadelphia, which supported non-profit and civic events.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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