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
City Council passes red flag law, tenant representation guarantee

City Council passes red flag law, tenant representation guarantee

Philadelphia City Council passed and amended a series of bills Thursday. Notable were new guidelines to provide Gun Violence Protection Orders and the establishment of city-funded defendant lawyers for those facing eviction.
 
With the vote, Philadelphia becomes the fifth major city to subsidize defense for low-income renters facing legal proceedings towards eviction. The bill was sponsored by Councilmember Helen Gym (D-At Large) and co-sponsored by six other councilmembers.
Thursday, November 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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
Gov. Wolf, Sec. Levine speak on progress against opioids

Gov. Wolf, Sec. Levine speak on progress against opioids

Governor Tom Wolf (D) told the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society Friday that the state has seen some positive results in the battle to reverse the opioid epidemic.
 
In January 2018, Wolf signed an emergency declaration to help combat the opioid and heroin disaster. Since then, state agencies have collaborated through the Opioid Command Center, and have been assisted by outside stakeholders.
Friday, November 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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