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Rafferty Wins Transit Award

STATE SEN. JOHN RAFFERTY, JR., the chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee, has been awarded the American Public Transportation Association’s 2018 State Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of the Senator’s leadership in the passage of Act 89 of 2013. Act 89 is Pennsylvania’s comprehensive transportation funding bill. The award honors a public transportation decision […]

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Columbus Day: The Italian Touch in America and Philadelphia

BY COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA As we approach the Columbus Day weekend, we are reminded of the Italians who left their mark on Philadelphia, and paved the way for the large Italian American population that has influenced our City for centuries. Below is a sampling of Italians who have contributed to the fabric of Philadelphia’s history. […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy, Oct. 4, 2018

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Foreclosure scary: Can bankruptcy save my house? Bankruptcy! I don’t want to file bankruptcy! Hey, if you do want to file, there is something wrong with you. But you want to keep your house? Avoid foreclosure? Which option hurts more: losing your home or filing […]

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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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