City Council introduces phasing out of real estate tax abatement

City Council introduces phasing out of real estate tax abatement

Staffers and visitors waited in the caucus room Thursday morning longer than usual for the weekly lead-up for Philadelphia’s City Council to begin. Considering the weeks and months many waited for tax abatement reform, an extra hour wasn’t so egregious. 

City Council introduced a plan to phase out the tax abatement on new residential properties starting next fiscal year. The tax break has been labeled a culprit in the city’s rising gentrification and property tax increases, which may have influenced the votes in November’s election.
Thursday, November 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly “red flag” laws awaiting review and Mayor’s signature

Philly “red flag” laws awaiting review and Mayor’s signature

A bill authorizing the removal of guns from those considered a threat to themselves and others passed Philadelphia City Council and now awaits the signature of Mayor Jim Kenney (D). If signed, it will likely face a legal challenge. 

Philadelphia is the second major jurisdiction in the commonwealth to pass legislation regarding protective orders against citizens that would remove firearms from their possession. The one passed in Allegheny County has already been challenged in court and a county judge deemed it “void and unenforceable” last month.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Rep. White elected chair of Philadelphia GOP

Rep. White elected chair of Philadelphia GOP

The Philadelphia GOP elected Rep. Martina White to party chair Tuesday night, following the resignation of Michael Meehan over the weekend.
 
The change in leadership follows the party losing an at-large seat in City Council to a third-party candidate for the first time in history and mayoral nominee Billy Ciancaglini failing to unite Republicans in a serious challenge to the re-elected Jim Kenney (D). White becomes the first woman to chair either major party in the commonwealth’s largest county.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Key races, new machines highlight Election Day in SEPA

Key races, new machines highlight Election Day in SEPA

Odd number years in Pennsylvania often mean lower turnouts for local races. However, there’s still a lot for citizens to consider when heading to the polls Tuesday in the southeastern portion of the commonwealth.
 
County races and judicial seats are up for grabs on Election Day, including the mayor’s office and all 17 position in Philadelphia City Council. 
Monday, November 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Council introduces new prohibitions on e-cigs

Council introduces new prohibitions on e-cigs

Philadelphia City Council jumped into the electronic cigarettes debate through legislation introduced Thursday, which will limit sales of flavored and e-cigs with high concentrations of nicotine salts to adult-only stores requiring customers to verify their age of 18 or older.
 
The bill comes one day after Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced the pursuit of new regulations. There have been increased reports locally and nationally of people injured and dying from using electronic tobacco products.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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