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No Property Tax Hike in City Council’s Alternate Budget Proposal

It didn’t take long for City Council members to become inundated with calls from concerned constituents after Mayor Jim Kenney introduced his $4.7 billion budget […]

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Krasner Requests Budget Increase for DA’s Office

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner asked City Council for a 13 percent funding increase for his office during a budget hearing held on Tuesday, Philly.com […]

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City Council Calls for Audit of Philly’s Skyrocketing Property Tax Assessments

In case you missed it, Philly property tax assessments came out this month — and chances are, your bill is going way up. Overall, assessments for […]

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City Councilman Wants to Eliminate Marijuana Testing for Parolees

Councilman Derek Green wants to eliminate marijuana testing for parolees. Philly.com reports that Green plans to ask for hearings on drug testing for parolees on […]

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Councilman Derek Green Holds Hearing on Diversity at Philly Nonprofits

After successfully passing an anti-discrimination bill that could challenge a business’s ability to retain its commercial activity license if it doesn’t comply with the city’s Fair […]

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Philly’s Soda Tax: When Will Kenney — or Council — Fix This Hot Mess?

It’s hard to shake the feeling sometimes that Philadelphia’s beverage tax is the slowest governmental bait-and-switch in history. Back in 2016, as the possible spoils […]

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Philly Bars Could Stay Open Later Under New City Council Bill

Philly’s late-night bar-goers may want to raise a glass to City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who introduced a bill on Thursday that would, if passed, allow […]

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City Council Pushes for Sexual Harassment Training for All City Workers

Sexual harassment prevention training could soon be required for all Philadelphia city workers. City Council passed a bill on Thursday – International Women’s Day – that […]

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Five Ways Mayor Kenney Can Shore Up the Budget Without Tax Hikes

Read my lips: More new taxes.  That’s basically what Mayor Jim Kenney said on Thursday during his annual budget proposal. As with most of his […]

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City Council on Kenney’s Budget Proposal: We’ll Get Back to You

Mayor Jim Kenney presented his annual budget proposal on Thursday. The main sticking point will likely be a tax package to help fund the School District […]

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To Pay for Schools, Kenney Proposes Property, Real Estate Tax Hikes

When Mayor Jim Kenney promised in November to cover the nearly $1 billion deficit that the School District of Philadelphia is expected to accrue over […]

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City Council Declares Push to End Cash Bail in Philly

Philadelphia officials have declared their intention to end cash bail in the city. In a symbolic but nonetheless historic move, City Council members passed a resolution on […]

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City Says It’s Sorry That Your Trash Hasn’t Been Picked Up

Trash pickup is one of those basic city services that people expect to work correctly, and then they freak out, rightfully so, when things go […]

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Parking Ticket Amnesty Is a Really Bad Idea

This weekend, I’m going to head out to the King of Prussia Mall to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. I’ll buy my kids the latest […]

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8 Times City Hall Tried to Kill Fun

There’s nothing like a group of municipal lawmakers to ruin a good time, and the good folks over at Philadelphia’s City Hall seem to be […]