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BOYLE’S PRISONER TRANSPORT VEHICLE BILL PASSES HOUSE Legislation written by State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast) has passed the State House. It gives emergency-vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner-transport units. “This bill is important because it grants prisoner transport vehicles emergency vehicle designation which will allow them to operate using flashing lights,” Boyle said. “There […]

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SENATORS WILL TACKLE MINIMUM-WAGE HIKES Three area Senators are planning new legislation in Harrisburg to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage in different ways. State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) will replace her proposal to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $9 an hour with a new bill that would increase it to $10.10 by 2016. Minimum-wage increases […]

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OUR OPINION: Housing For All

Location, location, location. Philadelphia’s biggest problem is also its greatest asset: underused real estate where people are neither living nor working. Our 40,000 abandoned lots help nobody. As a city, we should sell as much of this land as possible, as fast as possible. Much of our inner city is now salable at market rate. […]

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MARIJUANA TIME: Kenney To Introduce Pot Bill

BY RORY MCGLASSON/ If the entire city of Philadelphia smoked a joint at the same time, there would be peace in the City of Brotherly Love for at least an hour – followed by a citywide cheesesteak shortage. But Councilman Jim Kenney’s marijuana bill isn’t about promoting pot-smoking; it’s about saving the City’s Police Dept. […]

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Broad Coalition Mobilizes To Stop PGW Sale

A diverse set of Philadelphia-based organizations have begun a wide-ranging campaign to defeat Mayor Nutter’s  plan to privatize Philadelphia Gas Works, the city’s publicly owned gas utility. The broad coalition includes unions, consumer groups, neighborhood associations, and environmental groups. The announcement follows on the heels of Mayor Michael Nutter’s selection of UIL Holdings Corp. as […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL

OH BILL CUTS WAGES, NET-PROFIT TAXES City Councilman at Large David Oh has introduced a bill to reduce the wage tax for employees and the net-profits tax for individuals who are residents of Philadelphia by $100 million over 10 years. And he has done so without raising other taxes to off-set the reduction. During the […]

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The City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development, chaired by W. Wilson Goode, Jr., and co-chaired by 4th Dist. Councilman and Majority Leader Curtis Jones, Jr., convened a hearing to examine minority-participation goals in the second Philadelphia casino this morning. It may be used as a guideline for the operators of the soon-to-be-chosen casino. […]

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State Democrats Flock To Hershey

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Toomey, Williams Team Up To Quit ‘Passing The Trash’

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams’ (D-W. Phila.) fight to prevent school districts from “passing” teachers suspected of sexual misconduct to other schools instead of the police packed new muscle when US Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and State Attorney General Kathleen Kane joined the conversation. Williams and Kane teamed up with Toomey at Polyclinic Community Health […]

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Schmidt’s Voting Report Makes Philadelphia ‘Election History’

BY TONY WEST/ Decline. That is the chief picture to emerge from City Commission Vice Chair Al Schmidt’s 20-page report on the history of voting in Philadelphia. Turnout at the polls has been steadily slipping since the 1940s and ’50s. This fact and many others are documented in Commissioner Schmidt’s report “Voter Registration and Voter […]

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