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Understanding Bankruptcy 8/8/2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Does it make a difference if I file bankruptcy before the end of the month? Answer: If your income is above the median income for your household size in your state, you must complete a “means test” when you file your bankruptcy petition. To determine […]

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Philadelphia Achieves Historically Low Rates in Bond Sale

The City of Philadelphia achieved historically low interest rates in a bond issue this past week, allowing it to borrow money for crucial investments such as streets, parks and recreation facilities, and police facilities at less cost to taxpayers. Rates for the $293.4 million borrowing were about 0.63% lower than rates on the City’s last […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy, 7/25/2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: What are the risks of co-signing a loan? Answer: Co-signing a loan is a dangerous thing. Too many people end up in bankruptcy due to debts they just co-signed for, so here are a few points worth considering before co-signing for a friend or family […]

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Rebuild Launches Job-Training Pilot

Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council President Darrell Clarke today announced open recruitment for two pilot job programs that aim to give diverse Philadelphia residents opportunities for paid training and work on Rebuild projects. Made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax and a signature initiative of Mayor Jim Kenney’s, Rebuild is committing hundreds of millions […]

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Evans: House Will Pass Protection for Acme Workers

Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Phila.) said the House of Representatives is poised to pass a bill today that would protect the pensions of 1.3 million workers and retirees, including thousands of current and retired Acme workers in the Philadelphia region. As a member of the influential House Ways & Means Committee, Evans co-sponsored and helped to […]

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Faith Leaders Join Krasner’s Call to End Pa. Death Penalty

Faith leaders from the Philadelphia region and across the nation are urging the abolition of the death penalty in Pennsylvania following a Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office study finding that capital punishment is unconstitutionally applied to mostly poor defendants of color. District Attorney Larry Krasner announced the results of the DAO’s study concluding that the death […]

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Philadelphia Releases New Community Heat-Relief Plan

Mayor Jim Kenney and City officials representing several departments joined community partners in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park neighborhood today to celebrate the release of the City’s first-ever Community Heat Relief Plan. “Though not always obvious, surface temperature varies throughout the city. The hottest neighborhoods tend to be predominantly low income Black and Latinx communities. Extreme heat […]

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Gov. Wolf Plans to Transform State-Government Customer Service

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the launch of an ambitious initiative that will improve customer service by making it easier for Pennsylvanians to connect with state agencies and services, while protecting their privacy and personal information. “I learned in the private sector the most important part of business is trust and excellent customer service,” said […]

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Elephant Corner

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Elephant Corner

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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