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City Council Demands More Parking from Developers

Philadelphia City Council settled months of wrangling by adding new requirements for developers in rowhouse neighborhoods and commercial corridors to build parking spaces into their projects. Car-owning residents in gentrifying areas should benefit. Critics charge renters and users of public transportation will be saddled with higher housing costs, reports WHYY: http://planphilly.com/articles/2018/05/23/city-council-tweaks-bill-requiring-developers-to-provide-more-parking-in-philly-neighborhoods    Send article as […]

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Groen Eyeing Montco Democratic Party Post

Former Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Marcel Groen says he may seek a leadership role in the Montgomery County Party: https://www.cityandstatepa.com/content/ousted-pa-dem-leader-marcel-groen-eyeing-run-montco-party-chair    Send article as PDF   

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SEPTA Holds Public Service Plan Hearings for New Bus Routes

SEPTA will hold two public hearings on Tuesday, May 22, to hear comments and answer questions about its Annual Service Plan for Fiscal Year 2019. Both meetings will be held at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street in the Board Room on the mezzanine level starting at noon and 5 p.m. New proposals to be discussed […]

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Construction to Begin on Schuylkill River Swing Bridge

Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that the notice to proceed to begin construction on the Schuylkill River “Swing Bridge” Project has been issued to A. P. Construction, Inc. Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be mobilizing to the project site to commence construction activities by the end of this month. The “Swing […]

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BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQUIRE AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Is it time to make (some) student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy? The latest news out of the Department of Education is that student-loan default rates have risen 25% over previous figures, and the increase is especially pronounced among for-profit colleges. This should come as no […]

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Philadelphia Council Calls for Independent Appraisal Before City Real-Estate Deals

City Council unanimously approved legislation yesterday introduced in January by Councilman at Large Allan Domb to require an independent appraisal before Council approves the acquisition of title in real estate or approves the sale of real estate with a value of over $200,000, as assigned by the Office of Property Assessment. The new rules would […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Gas Severance Tax a Bad Deal for Pa.

The severance-tax debate is rearing its head again. Several lawmakers joined GOV. TOM WOLF to announce plans to push forward with legislation proposing a severance tax 4 to 7 cents per thousand cubic feet (MMCF) of natural gas, depending on the market price for the hydrocarbon. STATE SENS. JOHN YUDICHAK (D-Luzerne) and TOM KILLION (R-Chester), […]

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Politicians Gain Strong Support

Candidates Dwight Evans and Melissa Scott were out and about gaining much-needed support for their upcoming races in Tuesday’s election. See the turn out below.      Send article as PDF   

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Lt. Guv Rivals Take to the Air

In a noteworthy first for Pennsylvania politics, three candidates for lieutenant governor in the May 15 Democratic primary are buying television time, starting this week, reports City & State PA: http://cityandstatepa.com/content/democratic-lt-gov-campaigns-pour-1-million-ad-buys    Send article as PDF   

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Understanding Bankruptcy, 4/26/18

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQUIRE AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: High-income bankruptcy debtor? Be prepared for a five-year Chapter 13 plan! On Aug. 29, 2013, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals court issued a decision in a bankruptcy case dealing with above-average-income debtors. The case name is In Re Flores (Ana Flores v. Rod Danielson). […]

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