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Philly City Council eyes lawsuit route to enact gun regulations

BY: - January 24, 2020

City Council will attempt to use a new strategy to force state officials to enact gun regulations or allow Philadelphia to put in place its own.

Philly’s City Council will take up the wage tax refund extension Mayor Kenney vetoed

BY: - January 22, 2020

The new Philadelphia City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney are on a crash course over legislation that would expand a program to refund more of the city’s wage tax to low-income residents and non-residents.

Philly Council President Darrell Clarke doubles down on pledge to cut city poverty rate within 4 years

BY: - December 28, 2019

The Democrat recently reiterated a pledge to cut the poverty rate from 24.5 percent to 20 percent over the next four years.

Will the new Philly City Council take on Kenney’s soda tax? It’s doubtful | Analysis

BY: - December 26, 2019

By Michael D’Onofrio PHILADELPHIA — Despite calls for change, the outgoing Philadelphia City Council never managed to chip away at Mayor Jim Kenney’s soda tax. Separate efforts by Council members María Quiñones-Sánchez and Allan Domb to conduct studies and hold hearings on the 1.5-cent-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax never materialized before the end of this City […]

Philly won’t complete 2019 assessment appeals by year’s end

BY: - December 20, 2019

The city will push to January approximately 400 appeal hearings for property owners contesting their property assessments issued last year.

Philly Council passes long-awaited ban on single-use plastic bags

BY: - December 13, 2019

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has indicated that he'll sign the eco-friendly legislation. But it's not without its naysayers.

Philly Council passes tax abatement reforms; Kenney expected to sign

BY: - December 13, 2019

The changes will usher in a new era for the development community, which did not support the legislation.

Healthcare workers, union officials decry Philly’s changing healthcare industry landscape

BY: - December 12, 2019

So-called “Bad actors” were scooping up healthcare facilities throughout the Philadelphia region, threatening to trigger shocks to the industry similar to the sudden closure of Hahnemann Hospital.

Philly Mayor Frank Rizzo’s statue won’t be moved until ‘first quarter of calendar year 2022’

BY: - December 11, 2019

The statute of the former Philadelphia mayor is a subject of controversy -- and a frequent target of vandalism.

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney pushes back rollout of ‘fair workweek’ law as critics cry foul

BY: - December 11, 2019

The Kenney administration postponed the full rollout of the new labor protections to July 1, with part of the law going into effect earlier.

Under threat from mayor, City Council agrees to push back start date of changes to tax abatement

BY: - December 5, 2019

On Thursday, City Council advanced a proposal to phase out the subsidy incrementally for residential construction, with the legislation going into effect on Dec. 31, 2020.

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney threatens to kill tax abatement bill

BY: - December 5, 2019

The current City Council bill has enough support to override a veto and make it law, but it doesn't have enough time.