Committee calls for property assessment reform in Philadelphia

Committee calls for property assessment reform in Philadelphia

The Legislative Oversight Committee of Philadelphia’s City Council passed a measure Tuesday to attempt to resolve the city’s issues with property assessments.

Property assessment has been a point of contention for years in Philadelphia. Between tax abatements on new construction, substantial discrepancies on the same block, along with an increasing number of low-income residents struggling to stay in their homes as tax bills increase, the city has battled to resolve these different issues.                

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

When employees have the option to gain stock in their companies with no upfront cost, it’s called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. To see what such plans could mean for Pittsburgh business owners and employees, Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) called a post-agenda Tuesday to allow council to learn more about their costs and benefits.

In a world with an increasingly unpredictable future for social security, Kevin McPhillips, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership, testified that employee ownership allows a necessary retirement plan for older employees.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philadelphia City Council returns to Session

Philadelphia City Council returns to Session

Philadelphia’s City Council met for the first time in 2019 Thursday, passing three bills and amending another.

2019 is an election year for the city so all 17 seats in the council, along with the mayor and other citywide positions, will be campaigning. It was also the first session since Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) announced she wouldn’t seek a sixth term in November.

Friday, January 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown not running in 2019

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown not running in 2019

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) announced Friday she won’t seek re-election in 2019. She has served five terms in City Council.


Reynolds Brown holds one of five at-large seats designated for the majority party in the 17-person council. Her decision to not run will likely add to an already crowded field of candidates for the May citywide primaries.

Friday, January 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia celebrates two years of pre-K

Philadelphia celebrates two years of pre-K

The City of Philadelphia celebrated two years of offering free pre-Kindergarten classes across the city Friday. Mayor Jim Kenney (D) joined city officials and educators in southwest Philadelphia to mark one of his major social policy achievements in his first term in office. 
Friday, January 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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