Meeting with supporters in Philadelphia, Wagner calls for City Hall reforms

Meeting with supporters in Philadelphia, Wagner calls for City Hall reforms

Scott Wagner met supporters in Philadelphia last Tuesday night. While his campaign office in Society Hill has been a GOP location in the past, this election sees it as the headquarters for Democrats for Wagner. 

The Republican gubernatorial candidate trails by an increasing margin in polls against incumbent Governor Tom Wolf (D). Morning Call’s most recent polls have Wolf leading by 19 points entering the stretch run of the campaign.

Wagner met with Philadelphians sick of Harrisburg and City Hall not addressing their concerns over continuing issues like growing poverty, recidivism, and gentrification. They appear to have found an ally in the former state Senator and waste management entrepreneur.
Monday, October 22, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
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Philadelphia updates citywide response to opioid crisis

Philadelphia updates citywide response to opioid crisis

In a press conference Thursday in Old City, Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and members of the city government laid out their plans to fight the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia.
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
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Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee

Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee

The Committee of Public Safety recommended an ordinance and a resolution to Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday. The former alters language on marijuana penalties in the city and individual conduct, while the latter seeks to further study the effects of “banning the box” on job applications and expand it to college applications.

The marijuana ordinance affirms the city’s position since the decriminalization of the substance was signed into law in 2014. The city also banned employers from asking about criminal backgrounds in job applications in 2016.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
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Philly reforms bail policies, questions Temple expansion

Philly reforms bail policies, questions Temple expansion

Philadelphia City Council passed eight bills during their public session Thursday. They also withdrew a proposal that drew significant community criticism.

Most of the bills passed affect residential construction or improving properties in certain areas of the city.
Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
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Harrisburg considering amendment on Philly commercial property taxes

Harrisburg considering amendment on Philly commercial property taxes

Legislation before the House and Senate would amend the state Constitution and allow for Philadelphia to charge higher real estate taxes for business properties than residential properties.

This is the second consecutive session with such legislation. As required to alter the Pennsylvania Constitution, it must pass a second time and then be approved by voter referendum.

Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
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