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Sheriff’s Office Brings Home $61.3 M to City

Sheriff’s Office Brings Home $61.3 M to City

In Philadelphia City Council’s 2018 budget hearings, Sheriff Jewell Williams laid out the case for a row office that makes money for the City. Williams testified at Philadelphia Budget Hearings, telling council members that the Sheriff’s Office collected and returned $61.3 million in delinquent taxes and fees to the City general fund for the School […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: May 15 – New Faces, Narrow Escapes

BY JOE SHAHEELI In Philadelphia, three newly redrawn congressional districts were star attractions in the May 15 primary election. There were lively Democratic contests in all. In the 2nd District, which takes in most of Philadelphia from N. Broad Street and Center City through the Northeast, Brendan Boyle had to cover a lot of new […]

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Construction to Begin on Schuylkill River Swing Bridge

Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that the notice to proceed to begin construction on the Schuylkill River “Swing Bridge” Project has been issued to A. P. Construction, Inc. Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be mobilizing to the project site to commence construction activities by the end of this month. The “Swing […]

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BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQUIRE AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Is it time to make (some) student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy? The latest news out of the Department of Education is that student-loan default rates have risen 25% over previous figures, and the increase is especially pronounced among for-profit colleges. This should come as no […]

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Philadelphia Council Calls for Independent Appraisal Before City Real-Estate Deals

City Council unanimously approved legislation yesterday introduced in January by Councilman at Large Allan Domb to require an independent appraisal before Council approves the acquisition of title in real estate or approves the sale of real estate with a value of over $200,000, as assigned by the Office of Property Assessment. The new rules would […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Gas Severance Tax a Bad Deal for Pa.

The severance-tax debate is rearing its head again. Several lawmakers joined GOV. TOM WOLF to announce plans to push forward with legislation proposing a severance tax 4 to 7 cents per thousand cubic feet (MMCF) of natural gas, depending on the market price for the hydrocarbon. STATE SENS. JOHN YUDICHAK (D-Luzerne) and TOM KILLION (R-Chester), […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: More Candidates, Fewer Views on May 15

BY JOE SHAHEELI The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s upending of congressional districts has sparked a volcanic explosion of congressional contestants in both major parties’ primaries. Associated Press reports more candidates – 84 in all – are questing for primary nominations for the state’s congressional districts than at any time since 1984. But back then, the State […]

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Southwark: a South Philly Community School Shows How to Make Progress

BY TONY WEST Southwark Elementary School, one of the pioneers in the Community Schools program that was a trademark initiative of Mayor Jim Kenney’s first year in office, was commended earlier this year for its academic progress in the 2016-17 school year, as measured by the district-wide School Progress Report. It stood out among neighborhood […]

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For Linda Fields, State Senate Run the Stuff of Dreams

In addition to all of her other accomplishments during a life dedicated to service, Linda Fields, the Democratic candidate for the state’s 24th Senatorial District, wants you to know one thing: She invented the smiley face. She relays this tongue-in-cheek nugget in her trademark soft-spoken lilt, eyes and body language fully engaged with her audience […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Lt. Guv Air War; State Rep. Bouts Galore

BY JOE SHAHEELI Contested lieutenant gubernatorial primaries are nothing new. But television ad campaigns have rarely been seen, due to the cost of pummeling the Keystone State’s numerous TV markets – coupled with the relative lack of clout that this office has, which is not an enticement to major donors. That is changing this year, […]

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