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GOP Unity or Trump-imposed deal? It’s a buffet of rumors, a smorgasbord of conjecture and basically anybody’s guess on how the deal was struck for Pennsylvania GOP State Committee chair this past Saturday. The two candidates, VICE CHAIR BERNADETTE “BERNIE” COMFORT and LAWRENCE TABAS, were running against each other for the coveted top seat but […]

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Governor, Mayor Slam Hahnemann Hospital’s Owner

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released a joint statement regarding Hahnemann University Hospital: “The situation at Hahnemann University Hospital, caused by CEO Joel Freedman and his team of venture capitalists, is an absolute disgrace and shows a greed-driven lack of care for the community. The hospital has $300 million in debt […]

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Sheriff’s Office Recovers $60 Million in Delinquent Taxes

Sheriff Jewell Williams announced that in Fiscal Year 2019, the Sheriff’s Office collected $60.2M in delinquent taxes and fees for the City of Philadelphia. These funds come from the sales of tax-delinquent properties and related fees associated with those sales. In Fiscal Year 2012, when Williams took office, only $27 million was collected and sent […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy – Jul. 4, 2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Should I be worried about going to my meeting of creditors? Answer: After you file a bankruptcy case, you are required to attend a Meeting of Creditors. This is scheduled for about a month after your petition is filed and is usually the only appearance […]

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Wolf Vetoes Senate Bill, Saves Straight-Ticket Voting

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed SB 48. “Pennsylvania must secure its elections and provide real reform that makes it easier to vote,” said Wolf. “SB 48 makes changes to our elections that I do not believe strike the right balance to improve access to voters or security. The bill weakens the ability of the commonwealth […]

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SEPTA’s South Philly Bus Depot Goes Sustainable

SEPTA’s Sustainability Program achieved a new milestone with the completion of a series of innovative projects at the Southern Bus Depot that have transformed the more than 100-year-old facility into one of the most sustainable in the entire transit industry. The transformation was comprised of three distinct projects representing the breadth of environmental focus that […]

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S.E. Republicans Back Wolf’s ‘Restore Pennsylvania’

Guided by local feedback on the infrastructure needs of Pennsylvania’s communities, the Restore Pennsylvania legislation was introduced with strong bipartisan support. HB 1585, sponsored by State Reps. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Thomas Murt (R-Northeast), has 98 cosponsors and SB 725, sponsored by State Sens. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) and Tom Killion (R-Delaware) has 25 cosponsors. “We […]

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City Accelerator Pushes Diversity in Philadelphia Procurement

The Citi Foundation and Living Cities have expanded the City Accelerator initiative on Inclusive Procurement, a retake on its fourth cohort, to 10 additional U.S. cities, including Philadelphia. The 10 cities will work together over the next year to pursue a range of projects to find innovative, effective, locally-tailored strategies to leverage public purchasing power […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy – May 9, 2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: What is the first costly emotion that keeps you in debt and from filing bankruptcy? Emotions, not reasons, keep people from filing bankruptcy and starting fresh. My fellow bankruptcy lawyer Jay Fleischman has it backwards when he says that for his clients, the decision to […]

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40 Organizations Call to Stop Burning Philly’s Trash

Mayor Jim Kenney’s Streets Department is poised to decide where Philadelphia’s trash will go for the next seven years. Having largely stopped the burning of half of Philly’s recyclables, an array of environmental, social-justice, public-health and business organizations are calling on the mayor to stop burning much of the city’s trash. The current 7-year contracts […]

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