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ANOTHER OPINION: It’s Time To End Keystone Exams

ANOTHER OPINION: It’s Time To End Keystone Exams

by State Rep. Stephen Barrar This September will mark the first year the Keystone Exams will be used as the deciding factor for whether or not students will graduate from Pennsylvania’s public high schools. September will also mark the five-year anniversary of HR 456, the bipartisan legislation that urged Gov. Ed Rendell to cease all […]

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PPA Expands Motorcycle, Scooter Parking

Motorcycles and scooters are important components of the diverse transportation system we are privileged to have in Philadelphia, notes Philadelphia Parking Authority Exec. Dir. Vincent Fenerty. As a result, Fenerty has announced a pilot program to address the parking needs of motorcycles and scooters.   Fenerty said, “The pilot program will run through the end […]

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CONTROLLER BUTKOVITZ: Mayor, Sheriff Get An ‘Incomplete’

BY ALAN BUTKOVITZ, City Controller/ Last week, my Office’s reputation was called into question once again regarding the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Nutter Administration and the Sheriff’s Office. It is without a question that my audit staff is topnotch and their findings are always well founded and factual.   In fact, it was […]

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BROUHAHA AT CITY COMMISSION! Singer’s Camera Keeps Rolling; Cops Called

Long-simmering disputes on Philadelphia City Commission boiled over last week when Commission Chair Anthony Clark and Vice Chair Al Schmidt voted that a camerawoman purportedly brought by the third Commissioner, Stephanie Singer, should not be allowed to videotape testimony by witnesses at a public hearing. Singer has pushed to videotape these meetings as part of […]

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Senate Hearing Supports Farnese’s Anti-SLAPP Legislation

People and organizations that have been quieted by ongoing, frivolous lawsuits and mounting legal expenses today urged a state Senate panel to adopt State Sen. Larry Farnese’s (D-S. Phila.) proposal to curtail the unfair practice. Farnese’s SB 1095 would expand Pennsylvania’s limited regulations and give civic organizations, individuals and various groups the power to more […]

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City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has promised to help homeowners in Southwest Philadelphia with their battle against their sinking homes. Tyrone Beverly, president of the Towne Homes Civic Association, led a group of 20 residents to City Hall on Tuesday. Among them was Cheryl Bush-Weaver, who lives on the 6300 block of Grosbeak Place, with her […]

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Philadelphia Election Boards Short-Staffed, Underpaid

BY TONY WEST/ The most-important job in our democracy pays less than minimum wage in Philadelphia. And the customers aren’t even allowed to tip the workers. Approximately 7,500 election-board workers staff the city’s 1,686 divisions twice a year, in the spring and fall. They run the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Since they […]

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New Rep May Score Rare Win For Dyslexia

BY TONY WEST/ A freshman State Representative is usually happy to get along quietly in the new club, maybe picking up a few administrative chores for the elders. State Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Northeast) is hoping to make a difference in the lives of 250,000 children. His HB 198 proposes to fund pilot programs in three […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL

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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Heard On The Hill/In City Hall

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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