Mayor Kenney announces prevailing wage bump for Philadelphia security guards

Mayor Kenney announces prevailing wage bump for Philadelphia security guards

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) announced Tuesday that about 2,000 building security guards will see their minimum wage increase to $15 an hour on July 1.

The guards work for the city’s three major private universities. The increase stems from a 2016 law requiring companies and institutions that receive tax subsidies for buildings to pay the prevailing wage.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Williams, Stack considering running for Philadelphia offices

Williams, Stack considering running for Philadelphia offices

Two big names in Harrisburg with ties to Philadelphia have added their names to growing fields of candidates in the 2019 elections.

Former Lt. Gov. Mike Stack announced his candidacy for City Council last week at a major fundraiser. Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams might enter the Democratic primary for mayor. Both have filed petitions with the Board of Elections, which opened the nomination and petition-signing period last Tuesday.

While he hasn’t formally announced yet, Williams described his decision as “imminent” on Monday afternoon. He cites Philadelphia’s struggle to make progress on major quality of life issues like crime, homicide rates, and small business growth in his decision to consider running.

Monday, February 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council expands property tax program

City Council expands property tax program

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed expansion of their Longtime Owner-Occupants of Residential Properties tax relief program Thursday. 

This is the third legislative piece Council has discussed and passed since the start of 2019 regarding property tax relief. Some residents across the city, notably in lower-income areas, have seen their home values spike due to new construction and re-assessments. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Commissioners select new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners select new voting machines

Philadelphia election officials Wednesday announced their selections for new voting machines and electronic sign-in books for city voting centers.

The three-member board of city commissioners chose the ExpressVote XL model from Election Systems and Software as the new voting machines for the city, and KNOWiNK as the new vendor for electronic sign-in books.

Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
DA Krasner touts success with cash bail reduction in Philadelphia

DA Krasner touts success with cash bail reduction in Philadelphia

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (D) discussed Tuesday the progress made in reducing people jailed and re-arrested in the year since his removal of cash bail requirements for certain charges.

Last year, Krasner announced a new policy that removed cash bail requirements for 25 low-level charges. He cited the detrimental effect the bail had on lower-income residents, especially people of color. Thursday will be the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the new course of action.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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