Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill Thursday mandating employers in certain industries provide more stable work schedules and lead time in altering them. The vote was 14-3, along party lines.

Introduced by Councilwoman Helen Gym (D-At Large), the bill brought crowds that filled both levels of the chamber’s viewing gallery, similar to the bill’s hearings in late October. Support has come from many labor and political groups, led by One PA.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Despite a $4.6 billion offer, having two cities on the public shortlist and the decision to plant two locations instead of one, Pennsylvania did not land online retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were named as finalists for the project earlier this year, which would have led to $5 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs before the Amazon decided to split HQ2 between two locations.

However, the multibillion dollar incentives, combined with many local concessions, prompted bipartisan politicians to sound off with their displeasure with the offer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Philadelphia updates citywide response to opioid crisis

Philadelphia updates citywide response to opioid crisis

In a press conference Thursday in Old City, Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and members of the city government laid out their plans to fight the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia.
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly construction tax, meant to fund affordable housing, waits on decision of mayor

Philly construction tax, meant to fund affordable housing, waits on decision of mayor

Affordable housing is dwindling in Philadelphia. But like in Pittsburgh, Philly’s city council thinks it has a solution.

Back in June, the council passed a construction bill that would tax all new development at one percent. That money is supposed to go directly the Housing Trust Fund, which supports the production and preservation of affordable housing in the city.

Thursday, August 23, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Statue of former Philly mayor, police chief scheduled for move — but not for a few years

Statue of former Philly mayor, police chief scheduled for move — but not for a few years

The controversial Frank Rizzo statue that stands at the steps of the Municipal Services Building Plaza on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 15th and Broad Streets is not coming down any time soon.

Rather, it is looking like it won’t be moved for another two to three years, according to Mayor Jim Kenney. 

For Kenney, the statue just isn’t a priority right now. He said that he wants to deal with the opioid crisis and education first. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
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