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Bass: Regulate Recovery Houses

Bass: Regulate Recovery Houses

Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th Dist.) is kicking up a lively legislative agenda this new Council term. Her latest proposal homes in on recovery houses, which are a focal point of the opioid crisis: Philly councilwoman urges regulations for city’s recovery houses    Send article as PDF   

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Councilwoman Bass Moves Suddenly to End Real-Estate Tax Abatement

REPORTED BY WHYY: planphilly.com/articles/2018/09/12/cindy-bass-proposes-eliminating-10-year-tax-abatement    Send article as PDF   

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Kozlowski down by the River

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Philadelphia Election Board Workers Get Historic Pay Raise!

Yesterday, at their first weekly public meeting for the Nov. 6 general election, the Philadelphia City Commissioners unanimously approved Chairwoman Lisa Deeley’s motion to raise the pay for Election Board workers by $20 a day. This marks the first time in generations that the Judges of Election, Majority and Minority Inspectors of Election, Clerks, Machine […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy, 9/6/2018

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: How do bankruptcy exemptions make the system work? When a bankruptcy is filed, the debtor can keep anything that is “exempt.” That always includes household goods and personal effects, and, most of the time, provides a homestead exemption that protects the debtor’s home. But why? […]

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Construction Tax a Poor Bet, Domb Argues

BY DENISE FUREY At-Large City Councilman Alan Domb discussed his opposition to a new 1% tax on construction (the Construction Tax) in the City of Philadelphia designed to fund approximately $20 million annually to the Housing Trust Fund. Domb is opposed to the tax because in his opinion, supported by research performed by the City’s […]

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BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Can I pay my taxes by credit card, then file bankruptcy? Credit-card debt is frequently discharged in bankruptcy. Taxes can be paid with a credit card. State and federal governments accept and even encourage such payment. However, a credit-card debt incurred to pay tax is […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy, 8/9/2018

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQUIRE AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Does bankruptcy have any effect on arrest warrants? Bankruptcy has no effect on criminal arrest warrants. However, there is a stay on civil arrest warrants. When a bankruptcy is filed, the automatic stay arises by operation of law. What that means is that merely by […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy, Jul. 26, 2018

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQUIRE AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Why is your lender making it harder to make your payments? You tried every possible way to avoid it, but you finally decided that you had no choice-you filed a bankruptcy. But you want to continue to pay some creditors, like your house payment and […]

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MAYOR JIM KENNEY remains opposed and probably will veto the construction tax narrowly passed by City Council. Kenney has given himself till the end of the summer to decide whether to act. As the bill passed with only eight votes, Council may not have the 12 votes necessary to overturn the veto. COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL […]

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