Philadelphia regulatory review special committee leadership announced

Philadelphia regulatory review special committee leadership announced

Philadelphia City Council on Thursday took the first steps in trying to tackle a city-wide effort on regulatory reform by naming three co-chairs of a special committee formed to undertake regulatory review efforts.

 

The co-chairs, named by City Council President Darrell Clarke, will include At-Large City Councilman Derek Green, City Commerce Director Harold Epps, and Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Rob Wonderling.

Thursday, March 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unveils $4.4 billion city budget proposal that relies on $222 million in state aid

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unveils $4.4 billion city budget proposal that relies on $222 million in state aid

Philadelphia Major Jim Kenney on Thursday unveiled a $4.38 billion city budget for FY 2018 to Philadelphia City Council along with the city’s five-year plan.
 
It’s the second budget delivered by the mayor since taking office in January 2016.

Thursday, March 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Philadelphia soda tax revenues double city estimates in first collection month

Philadelphia soda tax revenues double city estimates in first collection month

The City of Philadelphia Thursday released numbers from the first month of collecting the city’s recently enacted soda tax, reporting the city collected $5.7 million, more than doubling the estimated amount of $2.3 million.

 

Signed into law by Mayor Jim Kenney in late-June 2016, Philadelphia's soda tax is the first of such a levy enacted in a major US city.

Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined in Philadelphia Wednesday by Mayor Jim Kenney, Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and abortion rights advocates to reiterate his promised veto of Senate Bill 3, legislation that passed the Senate earlier this month that would restrict abortions to only occur before 20 weeks and ban so-called dismemberment abortions in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers recently filed an amicus brief in Commonwealth Court arguing against the legality of Philadelphia soda tax.

 

The group of 36 members from the state House of Representatives and state Senate hailing from 28 counties, encompassing nearly every corner of Pennsylvania say they are directly impacted by the implementation of the tax "because the tax is not Constitutional, violates the law, and will result in lost sales tax revenue collection into the Commonwealth’s general fund, directly impacting the budget and jeopardizing the ability to pass a timely budget and the funding of important services."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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