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The US Environmental Protection Agency recognized the City of Philadelphia as a new EPA Green Power Community, showing a major metropolitan area can reduce carbon pollution, improve public health and help the nation’s renewable-energy supply. The Philadelphia Phillies and other area organizations whose efforts for a cleaner environment are helping Philadelphia achieve its environmental and […]

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Councilman Bill Green believes imposing an Actual Value Initiative tax rate on properties in this city smells. “It is clear the move to actual value without knowing the assessed values in advanced is putting the manure before the horse. It stinks,” he said. In an attempt to clear the fumes, he has published a spread […]

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According to the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, applying a standard economic multiplier to measure the effect of additional dollars being distributed into the economy by state pensioners, the stimulus to the Commonwealth’s is great. State and local pension funds in Pennsylvania and other states paid a total of $8.6 billion in benefits to […]

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter is offering Philadelphia homeowners a tax-saving program called the Philadelphia Homestead Exemption, which offers real-estate tax savings to homeowners by reducing the taxable portion of their property assessment by $15,000 or more. The application is posted on www.phila.gov and will be mailed to all homeowners during the month of June. Homeowners […]

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter has offered legislation, introduced by City Councilman David Oh, that toughens the penalties, both fines and potential incarceration, on those who vandalize or damage public art and memorials, including those that honor military, police, firefighters and other national defense or public safety subjects. On Memorial Day, the Mayor announced during ceremonies […]

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Korman, long active in Philadelphia as a builder of apartment and home developments, has run into a group of Eastwick citizens who say no to their newest effort to develop an apartment tract around 84th Street bordering the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. This group includes the Friends of The Bird Refuge, who are truly troubled because the federal wildlife preserve,  […]

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BY TONY WEST/ A bold venture in reform at Philadelphia City Commission is unraveling in a snarl of charges of mismanagement by its Chair Stephanie Singer. Reports from well-placed insiders suggest Singer, who chairs the Commission, has lost the confidence of her fellow Democrat Commissioner Anthony Clark and Republican Commissioner Al Schmidt. Also, several ward […]

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BY TONY WEST/ The courtroom was overflowing with jurors, witnesses and concerned citizens. A lot was riding on the outcome of this case. Especially for Goldilocks. Had she eaten other people’s – I mean bears’ – porridge and broken their chair? Did she have a right to sleep in their bed? Furrowing their brows in the […]

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Youngblood Blasts Casino License Transfer

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Youngblood Blasts Casino License Transfer

State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood (D-Northwest), Democratic chair of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, decried the House passage of a bill that removes the stipulation that Philadelphia receive two casino licenses, saying this undermines a key provision in the State’s 2004 law that established gaming. If the Senate also moves to pass HB 65, she […]

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STOPPING A.V.I.: ‘Collect Back Taxes First,’ Say N.E. Solons

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STOPPING A.V.I.: ‘Collect Back Taxes First,’ Say N.E. Solons

BY TONY WEST/ Beleaguered Philadelphia homeowners staring at a back-door tax increase may find rescue in an unlikely place: Harrisburg. Concerns over Mayor Michael Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative have prompted two state lawmakers to scrutinize the plan more closely. State Sen. Mike Stack and State Rep. Mike McGeehan (both D-Northeast) are offering alternative solutions that would […]

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