As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

While members of the General Assembly finalize the state’s budget, some in Philadelphia’s City Council have expressed their desire to see more funds to help repair aging schools.
 
State and city legislators joined the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to launch the Fund our Facilities coalition in March to advocate for $170 million more of financial support for the school district’s buildings. Students, teachers, and allies have argued toxic conditions are causing health and learning problems.
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
City Council addresses police social media controversy, gun violence

City Council addresses police social media controversy, gun violence

In their last session before summer recess, Philadelphia City Council passed dozens of bills and resolutions Thursday. One called for the body’s Committee of the Whole to address controversial posts made by city police officers on social media.
 
The Plain View Project reported that hundreds of current and former Philadelphia police officers made racist, misogynistic, anti-Muslim, and hateful posts on various social media outlets since 2017. Police Commissioner Richard Ross yesterday announced 72 officers are currently suspended while independent investigations continue, with others also potentially facing discipline. 
Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council presses City Commissioners on controversial voting machines

City Council presses City Commissioners on controversial voting machines

Members of Philadelphia City Council Tuesday questioned members of the City Commissioner’s office on the acquisition process of the new voting machines slated to handle next year’s primary elections.  

 

Philadelphia must replace over 3,700 voting machines this year to meet the state’s new criteria for safe elections with paper-backed results. The city commissioners approved a vendor earlier this year but advocates and the city controller have sought investigations into the bidding process. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
CCP leadership, seeking more city funding, testifies on budget

CCP leadership, seeking more city funding, testifies on budget

Officials from the Community College of Philadelphia had their appointment with City Council Tuesday to discuss their budgeted allotment. The school seeks a $3 million increase from last year to $35.4 million, while the proposed budget offers just a $1.35 million boost. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

Philadelphia City Council began weeks of budget hearings Monday by looking at the city’s five-year plan. 

Council started their work on the budget presented by Mayor Jim Kenney (D) earlier this month. The five-year plan goes into fiscal year 2024, when Kenney would be finishing his second term should he win re-election. 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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