Harrisburg considering amendment on Philly commercial property taxes

Harrisburg considering amendment on Philly commercial property taxes

Legislation before the House and Senate would amend the state Constitution and allow for Philadelphia to charge higher real estate taxes for business properties than residential properties.

This is the second consecutive session with such legislation. As required to alter the Pennsylvania Constitution, it must pass a second time and then be approved by voter referendum.

Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Affordable housing measures pass Philadelphia City Council

Affordable housing measures pass Philadelphia City Council

Philadelphia City Council passed ten bills and resolutions in their weekly public meeting on Thursday, focusing on zoning and housing measures. If signed by Mayor Jim Kenney, they will change some tax rules and create more funding for affordable units and programs to assist existing homeowners.
Thursday, October 4, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
In Philadelphia and Harrisburg, questions remain over workplace safety bill

In Philadelphia and Harrisburg, questions remain over workplace safety bill

An amended version of House Bill 2071 passed the House Monday by a final vote of 164-18. Sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), the bill focuses on methods of helping businesses and workers prevent potential workplace violence. 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Municipal ID cards pass Philly council

Municipal ID cards pass Philly council

City Council Thursday passed a bill that authorizes Philadelphia to provide municipal IDs for residents.

Philadelphia joins New York and Chicago as major municipalities creating identification cards for their citizens. The bill passed through the Licenses and Inspections Committee last week and earned unanimous approval from the council.

The city is seeking to help undocumented individuals, particularly youth and immigrants, to secure identity with residency and avoid potential confrontation. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee forwards new affordable housing plan in Philadelphia

Committee forwards new affordable housing plan in Philadelphia

City Council’s Committee on Appropriations passed a three-bill package Wednesday, providing framework for more funds to support existing homeowners and develop more affordable housing in the city. 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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