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BY MICHAEL MEEHAN, ESQ., Counsel To Republican City Committee/ Philadelphians have long felt the inequities of the real-estate assessment process. With the advent of the Internet, every resident can check on the assessment of their neighbor, their local politician and even their local newspaper. Why the difference between seemingly identical properties? One line of thinking […]

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The Actual Value Initiative may produce a major windfall for the City – although the Nutter Administration denies this, saying the controversial mass property reevaluation is “revenue-neutral”. Other observers are less sure of that. But like every other effort resulting in fee or license or tax increases, the money will be spent almost before it […]

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The Mayor’s launching of his Actual Value Initiative onto the properties of this city will put a serious hurt on the economy if it lands unchanged. No matter what is said, AVI, as it now stands, will take more money from those who cannot afford it, to pay for more public “Initiatives”. Haven’t we yet […]

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Philadelphia is a city of homeowners. Theirs are affordable homes for the most part. This fact has shaped our unique civic culture since the days of William Penn. In 2013, affordability is one of the city’s competitive strengths in the Northeast region. All this is in peril if we don’t get the Actual Value Initiative […]

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The steady ascent of more and more women to positions of political leadership reflects basic changes in our society which cannot be undone. That’s because men depend on these changes as well as women. Families are smaller, so few of them need stay-at-home mothers for a lifetime. Modern families need two working parents; single women […]

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BY JOHN JOHNSON/ President, Transit Workers Union Local 234 Across the nation, anti-union governors and state legislatures are seeking extensive, structural changes to weaken the bargaining power and political influence of unions. Many Republican legislatures have promoted bills intended to weaken unions. So far, they focussed on building trades and public sector unions. Fourteen states have introduced […]

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OUR OPINION: Brady Always Finds A Way

Philadelphians have gotten to know Congressman Bob Brady more as the “go-to man” to fix city problems than as the 1st Congressional Dist. representative and chairman of the Democratic Party. They have seen him in key peacemaker roles in union, school, city, and community disputes. He was also the key man to go to when […]

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OUR OPINION: For Neighborhood Schools, Do The Math

From beginning to end, public schools belong to the public. That is why it is imperative that Philadelphia’s citizens be involved in planning how to downsize its public-school system. While it is the School District’s job and duty to carry out this task, it must be a collaborative effort with its end users. Top-down approaches […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: SRC Is Tone-Deaf

BY JERRY JORDAN, President, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers/ The danger of being given an agenda and the authority to carry it out is that you run the risk of looking tone-deaf when you push that agenda through despite the public backlash. That is precisely what is happening here in Philadelphia, as the community’s cries to […]

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OUR OPINION: Mayor Nutter, Do What’s Right

Mr. Mayor, you were in Washington basking in the limelight as president of the Association of City Mayors and did not feel the fervor of several thousand unionists gathered at Independence Hall to challenge you to do what is right and just. The cry of the rank and file was heard from Independence Hall to […]

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