Amid bidding controversy, Philadelphia delays decision on voting machines

Amid bidding controversy, Philadelphia delays decision on voting machines

The Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners announced Tuesday night that they will not decide on a new vendor for voting machines system during their scheduled meeting Wednesday. Instead they will continue negotiations with prospective partners.

All counties in Pennsylvania must procure new voting machines for the 2020 primary elections, following an executive order from Governor Tom Wolf (D), who cited security concerns when issuing the mandate. Philadelphia County set their bid deadline for the end of 2018 to ensure ample time to decide on a vendor and acquire hundreds of new machines.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee passes changes to real estate tax assistance

Committee passes changes to real estate tax assistance

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed an amended ordinance Tuesday altering tax exemption eligibility. The measure seeks to offer more homeowners the opportunity to save money by applying to the Longtime Owners Occupant Program by extending deadlines and increasing the cap on total exemptions.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Democrats rally for higher wages in Philadelphia

Democrats rally for higher wages in Philadelphia

Legislators and labor supporters gathered at Frankford Transportation Center in Philadelphia Friday afternoon to support Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. For much of the rally, one key person was missing Tom Wolf. 

 

Gov. Wolf proposed Pennsylvania raise the minimum wage above the current $7.25 an hour, the lowest among the neighboring states as part of his 2019-20 budget plan 

Monday, February 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

$8 million can seem like a lot of money to the average citizen. For those involved with higher education in Philadelphia, it may be a day late and a dollar short to solve a growing crisis.

The Community College of Philadelphia faces increasing class sizes as more students use its four campuses to launch careers or matriculate to four-year institutions. However, the school isn’t getting adequate funding from city and state sources. With these issues, the school’s union has been without a contract for three years and is planning to strike soon.
Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Council votes down pharma regulations

Council votes down pharma regulations

Philadelphia’s City Council voted 9-5 against passing regulations on pharmaceutical sales and marketing Thursday.

The bill passed through the Health Committee last fall but had been held back from floor votes.It aimed to register pharmaceutical sales reps with the city, have them submit their marketing materials for approval, and ban them from bringing gifts to doctor’s offices. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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