Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

$8 million can seem like a lot of money to the average citizen. For those involved with higher education in Philadelphia, it may be a day late and a dollar short to solve a growing crisis.

The Community College of Philadelphia faces increasing class sizes as more students use its four campuses to launch careers or matriculate to four-year institutions. However, the school isn’t getting adequate funding from city and state sources. With these issues, the school’s union has been without a contract for three years and is planning to strike soon.
Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Council votes down pharma regulations

Council votes down pharma regulations

Philadelphia’s City Council voted 9-5 against passing regulations on pharmaceutical sales and marketing Thursday.

The bill passed through the Health Committee last fall but had been held back from floor votes.It aimed to register pharmaceutical sales reps with the city, have them submit their marketing materials for approval, and ban them from bringing gifts to doctor’s offices. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee amends, passes deadline extension on senior tax refund program

Committee amends, passes deadline extension on senior tax refund program

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed an ordinance Tuesday extending the deadline for low-income senior citizens to apply for a refund or forgiveness of real estate taxes. Residents would now have until March 15 to file this year.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee advances cashless business ban

Committee advances cashless business ban

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Law and Government passed a measure banning businesses from refusing cash payments.

Philadelphia has seen an increase in cashless businesses, often higher-end quick service food retailers. Last week New Jersey passed a ban on such practices, the first state to do so since Massachusetts did so in 1978.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Henon on leave as Council passes resolutions, amends pharma regulations

Henon on leave as Council passes resolutions, amends pharma regulations

Councilman Bobby Henon (D-District 6) was absent from Philadelphia City Council session Thursday, after initially planning to attend. The body’s Majority Leader received a requested leave of absence.

Henon was part of the 116-count indictment handed down yesterday by the Justice Department, stemming from a multi-year investigation of IBEW Local 98, of which he’s a member and paid employee. Also involved was the union’s business manager John Dougherty, one of Philadelphia’s leading organized labor leaders. Henon’s office noted this absence and decision to turn himself in and face arraignment Thursday afternoon was a last-minute change of plans.

Thursday, January 31, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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