Policy Committee discusses poverty in North Philadelphia

Policy Committee discusses poverty in North Philadelphia

Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee heard testimony Tuesday afternoon in North Philadelphia on poverty. Representatives from across the state confronted the problem that exists across Pennsylvania and considered ideas to reverse the trends.

This is the third hearing the committee hosted in Philadelphia since the start of the new legislative session in January. These usually don’t address specific legislation rather specific topics affecting citizens across the commonwealth.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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
City Council passes teen jobs resolution ahead of budget address

City Council passes teen jobs resolution ahead of budget address

In a light Thursday session, Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution calling on the mayoral administration to increase funding for the city’s youth employment programs in next year’s budget.

The city funds thousands of jobs for students during the summer with 18,000 applications for 11,000 slots for this June. Friday, Governor Tom Wolf (D) announced Philadelphia Works, Inc would receive over $700,000 this summer to hire young adults for its internship program.

Thursday, February 28, 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
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