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
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
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
School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

Educators, superintendents, and community members joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Philadelphia Wednesday to discuss the state’s “fair funding” formula and the struggles it creates for some school districts.

Pennsylvania changed the funding formula for school districts in 2015 with the goal of resolving imbalanced support of education across the commonwealth. While new funds have been subject to this distribution model, stark differences remain, as some districts are millions behind their needs while others receive millions more based on per-student costs.

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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