Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown not running in 2019

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown not running in 2019

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) announced Friday she won’t seek re-election in 2019. She has served five terms in City Council.


Reynolds Brown holds one of five at-large seats designated for the majority party in the 17-person council. Her decision to not run will likely add to an already crowded field of candidates for the May citywide primaries.

Friday, January 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia celebrates two years of pre-K

Philadelphia celebrates two years of pre-K

The City of Philadelphia celebrated two years of offering free pre-Kindergarten classes across the city Friday. Mayor Jim Kenney (D) joined city officials and educators in southwest Philadelphia to mark one of his major social policy achievements in his first term in office. 
Friday, January 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council approved County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s roughly $1 billion dollar operating plan by a 13-0 vote Tuesday night.

The plan includes a $932 million operating budget, $111 million for the capital budget, and an additional $1 billion grants budget. This is an almost 3 percent increase from the 2018 budget of $905.7 million. In his initial proposal, Fitzgerald insisted every dollar requested would go toward preparing the county for disaster and investing in the future.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill Thursday mandating employers in certain industries provide more stable work schedules and lead time in altering them. The vote was 14-3, along party lines.

Introduced by Councilwoman Helen Gym (D-At Large), the bill brought crowds that filled both levels of the chamber’s viewing gallery, similar to the bill’s hearings in late October. Support has come from many labor and political groups, led by One PA.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed through five of six bills considered Wednesday, including an alteration to tax laws allowing businesses to carry net operating losses for a longer period on their tax returns. The only bill voted down was a change to tobacco licenses, allowing them to change locations or holders.

Introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-District 1), the measure would roll back restrictions set in 2016 that blocked all transfers.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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