Amendment to recall elected officials proposed

Amendment to recall elected officials proposed

Pennsylvania is one of only 11 states without recall laws. Two state representatives want to change that.

Representatives Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) and Carol Hill-Evans (D-York) have introduced a proposal to amend the state constitution to add recall laws. Currently there are no ways for voters to remove elected officials outside of standard elections.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

Philadelphia City Council began weeks of budget hearings Monday by looking at the city’s five-year plan. 

Council started their work on the budget presented by Mayor Jim Kenney (D) earlier this month. The five-year plan goes into fiscal year 2024, when Kenney would be finishing his second term should he win re-election. 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
DHS removes all students from Glen Mills School

DHS removes all students from Glen Mills School

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services announced Monday the emergency removal of the remaining students at Glen Mills School. 

The Delaware County residential education school for juvenile delinquents currently houses 107 students, 64 from in-state. Some counties and states have previously removed their assigned students after reports of abuse and cover-ups came to light. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wolf touts Restore Pennsylvania, severance tax in Philadelphia school visit

Wolf touts Restore Pennsylvania, severance tax in Philadelphia school visit

From a century-old school building in South Philadelphia Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf promoted his plan to repair the state’s aging infrastructure and fund emergency relief. Paying for it involves a “modest” tax on natural gas extraction.

Wolf launched the campaign ahead of his budget address last month. The Restore Pennsylvania initiative would invest $4.5 billion in initiatives from bonds, from increasing broadband internet access to funding repairs after natural disasters, paid for over time with $300 million annually in severance taxes.

Friday, March 22, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Council passes resolution to reconsider “soda tax”

Council passes resolution to reconsider “soda tax”

Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution Thursday calling for a re-examination of the city’s tax on sweetened beverages.

Councilmember Maria Quinones Sanchez (D-District 7) introduced the resolution last week, suggesting a new study to determine if the tax is being properly enforced and potentially lowering the 1.5 cent per ounce levy. It has raised tens of millions for education and park improvements, but critics note it disproportionately impacts lower-income residents and small business owners who sell these products in neighborhood stores.

Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Tags: Soda Tax
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