Minimum wage increase referendum question clears committee

Minimum wage increase referendum question clears committee

Philadelphia City Council’s Law and Government Committee passed a bill and resolution Monday that would ask voters in May to weigh in on the minimum wage debate.

Introduced by Councilmember Cherelle Parker (D-District 9), the non-binding resolution would be a referendum question calling on the General Assembly to provide a decent, living wage. If not passed at the state level, the question would also ask citizens if they think the city should attempt to act independently.

Monday, March 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Representative Solomon calls on Councilman Henon to resign

Representative Solomon calls on Councilman Henon to resign

Rep. Jared Solomon (D) came to City Hall Thursday to deliver a message: the residents of the 6th Councilmanic District deserve better than Bobby Henon (D). However, he wouldn’t suggest he should replace the embattled Majority Leader.

Solomon, who represents portions of Henon’s constituency in Harrisburg, called for Henon to resign following his January indictment on corruption and other charges that suggested he was the agent for co-defendant John Dougherty, one of Philadelphia’s most powerful union figures.
Friday, March 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia, state considering electric scooters

Philadelphia, state considering electric scooters

Philadelphia Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (D-District 2) drops off his two young children at daycare before going to work. He sees fellow parents using different forms of transportation to unload their kids.

“Probably half the parents I see bringing their children to school are just on those little children’s scooters,” he said while chairing a joint committee on Wednesday. “They’re also setting up the mind frame of using those scooters as a mode of transportation, whether it’s now or later.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Mayor Kenney announces prevailing wage bump for Philadelphia security guards

Mayor Kenney announces prevailing wage bump for Philadelphia security guards

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) announced Tuesday that about 2,000 building security guards will see their minimum wage increase to $15 an hour on July 1.

The guards work for the city’s three major private universities. The increase stems from a 2016 law requiring companies and institutions that receive tax subsidies for buildings to pay the prevailing wage.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council expands property tax program

City Council expands property tax program

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed expansion of their Longtime Owner-Occupants of Residential Properties tax relief program Thursday. 

This is the third legislative piece Council has discussed and passed since the start of 2019 regarding property tax relief. Some residents across the city, notably in lower-income areas, have seen their home values spike due to new construction and re-assessments. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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