Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed through five of six bills considered Wednesday, including an alteration to tax laws allowing businesses to carry net operating losses for a longer period on their tax returns. The only bill voted down was a change to tobacco licenses, allowing them to change locations or holders.

Introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-District 1), the measure would roll back restrictions set in 2016 that blocked all transfers.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Committee targets “bad actors” in passing licensing bills

Philadelphia’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections passed through two bills Wednesday. The bills would mandate that property owners obtain licenses and provide contact information, especially if they are outside-controlled LLCs. 

Policy experts and city officials testified to difficulties tenants face when contacting their landlords. Many properties owned by LLCs and other private ownership groups don’t have readily available information and those unlicensed often carry code violations, like lead paint in units rented to parents of young children.

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
New cooperation feelings as City Council meets new school board

New cooperation feelings as City Council meets new school board

The new Philadelphia school board met with council members on Tuesday at City Hall, but after the joy from returned local control wore off, Council President Darrell Clarke (D-District 5) set the tone for the daylong hearings.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Attorney General announces charges against former Philadelphia city official

Attorney General announces charges against former Philadelphia city official

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges Tuesday against Desiree Peterkin-Bell, former City Representative under Mayor Michael Nutter (D). The charges stem from misuse of funds earmarked by the Fund for Philadelphia, which supported non-profit and civic events.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia pleased with “stellar effort” in courting Amazon

Philadelphia pleased with “stellar effort” in courting Amazon

Despite losing Amazon HQ2 bidding to two Northeast Corridor competitors, Mayor Jim Kenney (D) refused to hang his head on Philadelphia’s efforts.

“I was more disappointed in the Dallas game,” he told reporters at a press conference Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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