City Council committee passes Philly wage increase bill

City Council committee passes Philly wage increase bill

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Labor and Civil Service passed a bill Tuesday outlining a plan to increase wages for city workers and those working on city contracts. It also ups the minimum wage mandated for businesses seeking tax credits for creating new jobs in the city.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
PennPIRG announces 33rd Trouble in Toyland report, identifies unsafe toys

PennPIRG announces 33rd Trouble in Toyland report, identifies unsafe toys

On Tuesday morning Reuben Mathew, an associate with Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (PIRG), joined Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to announce PennPIRG's 33rd Trouble in Toyland report. 

PennPIRG tests popular children's toys every year to see which pose hazards to children. This year, 15 of the 40 toys tested had safety issues.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Despite a $4.6 billion offer, having two cities on the public shortlist and the decision to plant two locations instead of one, Pennsylvania did not land online retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were named as finalists for the project earlier this year, which would have led to $5 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs before the Amazon decided to split HQ2 between two locations.

However, the multibillion dollar incentives, combined with many local concessions, prompted bipartisan politicians to sound off with their displeasure with the offer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Shapiro hints at future action on state health insurers, but keeps future close to vest at luncheon

Shapiro hints at future action on state health insurers, but keeps future close to vest at luncheon

Some of Pennsylvania’s top insurers were put on notice Monday by the state’s chief law enforcement official.

Speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said he would be saying more in the coming months on the policies and practices of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark.

“We need to make sure UPMC and Highmark are held accountable to our state laws,” he said. “Anyone who injects confusion in the marketplace, who makes it difficult for seniors to access care, who create issues utilizing your money, my money, tax money in order to put money in their pockets...we’re going to have something to say about that.”

Monday, November 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Council committee forwards plan to source solar power from Adams County

Philadelphia City Council committee forwards plan to source solar power from Adams County

The Transportation and Public Utilities Committee passed, with favorable recommendation, a plan to bring clean electricity from Adams County to Philadelphia last Wednesday. 
Monday, November 19, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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