Officials, challengers file for Philadelphia’s May primary elections

Officials, challengers file for Philadelphia’s May primary elections

Dozens of Philadelphia citizens filed their nomination petitions Tuesday for the 2019 primary elections. Now comes the fun part: the campaign.

Voters will elect nominees for mayor, sheriff, judges, the 17 seats in City Council, and two of three City Commissioners on May 21st. Tuesday was the deadline to file petitions with enough signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee demands more funding for CCP after hearings

Committee demands more funding for CCP after hearings

Students, staff, and leaders of Community College of Philadelphia testified before a joint committee of City Council Tuesday about the need for resolving funding deficits.

From the 1963 founding, the school is supposed to be equally funded by the city, state, and students. However, cuts have led to imbalance, and for this fiscal year, the students have contributed 55 percent of the budget.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Tags: CCP
Can state fix problems with WAVs that Act 164 caused?

Can state fix problems with WAVs that Act 164 caused?

Pennsylvania citizens with mobility issues feel they have been let down by companies like Uber and Lyft when requesting rides. Ordering a wheelchair-accessible vehicle can mean longer wait times than other modes, higher costs, inconsistent quality, and more frequent cancellations.

Before the Independent Regulatory Review Commission last month, Liam Dougherty didn’t show much faith in the state legislature’s ability to resolve these problems. “In my role as Policy and Projects Coordinator at Liberty Resources, I can opine with great conviction that inadequacy of the PPA, compounded with the ambiguity of the legislation, have failed the Philadelphia disability community,” he said. “The Pennsylvania legislature has tried to fix an iPhone by giving a screwdriver to a monkey.”

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Tags: UberLyft
City Council passes resolutions to send messages to Harrisburg

City Council passes resolutions to send messages to Harrisburg

City Council passed some bills and resolutions Thursday before inviting Mayor Jim Kenney (D) to join them for the annual budget address. Among them were two resolution aimed at the capitol.

Council passed a resolution calling on the General Assembly to give more local control over traffic rules and enforcement. They also passed one supporting the efforts of Pittsburgh’s City Council to reduce gun violence and back common-sense gun legislation.

Friday, March 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

If Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) wins re-election this fall, Fiscal Year 2024 will be the last he oversees while in office. In his budget address before City Council Thursday, he outlined a city making great strides in those five years. 

Joined by city officials and other luminaries, Kenney delivered his FY 2020 budget, totaling just under $5 billion. The city has projected about $4.9 billion in revenue, with no proposed new taxes.
Thursday, March 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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