Briefs

Philly Chambers, minority firms call for business and wage tax cuts

BY: - June 1, 2022

The cuts will allow city businesses to grow, hire, and give workers a reduction in their taxes, one city business leader said.

U.S. Supreme Court order could impact narrow Pa. GOP U.S. Senate race

BY: - May 31, 2022

Lawyers for the candidates appeared in Commonwealth Court earlier Tuesday to argue whether timely — yet undated — ballots should count toward final results.

Philly Councilmember Johnson floats property tax relief plan

BY: - May 31, 2022

If approved, the average homeowner would see their savings double from the current $629 to $1,260 under Johnson's plan.

Russia says ‘Nyet’ to any more visits from hundreds of members of Congress, including Pa.

BY: - May 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of members of Congress are permanently banned from visiting Russia, in retaliation for passing economic sanctions on the country after it invaded Ukraine in late February. The list includes nearly 1,000 Americans, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, along with celebrities such as actor Morgan Freeman, executives such as Microsoft […]

In Penntown, a mostly Black neighborhood in North Philadelphia, newer million-dollars townhomes have raised the value of homes across the street, in some cases doubling their tax bills (Philadelphia Tribune photo).

Philly’s reassessment hurting African Americans, seniors on fixed incomes

BY: - May 28, 2022

By Stephen Williams PHILADELPHIA — Rosalee Cooper, president of the Ridge Allegheny Hunting Park Association, says many of her neighbors are worried and confused about the city’s reassessment of their homes. When she checked on the city’s website, the value of her home was $127,000, about double from last year, when it was $64,000. “That […]

U.S. Senate Republicans block bill requiring agencies monitor domestic terrorism

BY: - May 26, 2022

As is often the case, Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators, Democrat Bob Casey Jr., and Republican Pat Toomey, who is retiring at year's end, split on the vote.

What to know about the Pa. GOP U.S. Senate race recount

BY: - May 26, 2022

The margin between GOP candidates Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick is enough to trigger an automatic statewide recount, with less than 0.5 percent of the vote separating them as of Thursday afternoon.

Ismail Smith-Wade-El

Lancaster Co. lawmakers, hopefuls prepare for renewed debate on gun violence reduction bills 

BY: - May 26, 2022

'There is no safety as long as any of us lives in fear,' Democratic House candidate Ismail Smith-Wade-El told the Capital-Star.

Bill allowing personal testing equipment, Fentanyl test strips passes House committee

BY: - May 25, 2022

Current state law categorizes “testing equipment used, intended for use or designed for use in identifying or in analyzing the strength, effectiveness or purity of controlled substances” as “drug paraphernalia.”

Pa. GOP U.S. Senate primary race headed for a recount

BY: - May 25, 2022

Unofficial results for the contest from all 67 counties show Oz with 419,365 votes and McCormick with 418,463 votes.

CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise

BY: - May 24, 2022

In a statement issued last week, the CDC expanded second booster eligibility for individuals 12 or older who are immunocompromised and those ages 50 and older. The agency cited a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the update to the eligibility guidelines.