Sean Collins Walsh
City Council's departmental budget hearings have come to a close, and this year, like every year, there was no hearing on Council's own proposed budget.
Asked for details about how the legislature spends the $15.8 million it allocates for itself, Council President Darrell Clarke's office directed reporters to its section in Mayor Nutter's budget proposal. That's a one-page document with broad allocations for different types of spending and a statement that says, "City Council did not provide matching budget detail prior to the printing deadline."
So Clout submitted a Right To Know Act request to see what else we can learn about Council's budget. And since Council does not provide this level of detail on its own Budget Center website, we thought we'd make it available to everyone:
After a full year of serious consideration, Mayor Nutter has decided to withdraw Philadelphia from the bidding process to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, citing cost as the major factor.
Nutter told reporters that the city has a full plate, between hosting the international delegation of the 8th World Meeting of Families next year and potentially vying for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
“It is a tremendously costly endeavor,” he told reporters today.
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Sean Collins Walsh
In a letter to union officials, Gov. Corbett lashed out at opponents of his education policies who he says politicized the death last week of a student at South Philly's Jackson Elementary School. Regina Medina has the story.
Despite a slight uptick in his numbers, Corbett's poll numbers are still a big problem for the guv, according to John Baer.
Delinquent property tax collections in Philadelphia are on the rise, Michele Tranquili reports.
The three Democrats easily bested by Tom Wolf in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for governor are now unified behind the victor. Just don't ask them any questions about it.
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady invited the candidates, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord and former state Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty, to breakfast with Wolf this morning at the Oregon Diner in South Philly. The media was invited too but not allowed to listen in on the table talk.
Former Gov. Ed Rendell joined in and later insisted repeatedly that nobody present would answer any questions about the discussion.
For the third time in three weeks, Gov. Corbett has surrendered on a controversial public policy that new Democratic nominee Tom Wolf could have used as a potent point of political attack. Also in Clout today: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz gets her Pennsylvania history wrong. And state Rep. Dwight Evans asks voters to admire -- but not eat -- his election day cupcakes.
The Philadelphia School Partnership, a nonprofit that promotes school-choice policies, will pay a $1,500 fine to the city Board of Ethics for failing to register and report as a lobbying group in 2012 and early 2013, according to a settlement signed Wednesday.
And City Council President Darrell Clarke agreed yesterday to add a "safety-net" provision to legislation that would extend a city sales-tax increase so that, even if state lawmakers don't act on the issue this spring, the tax would be extended and the School District of Philadelphia would get $120 million next year.
It's not everyday an elected official puts a dare to a celebrity in the form of a piece of legislation.
But that's what happened during Thursday's regular session of City Council, when Councilman Jim Kenney challenged "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to come to Philadelphia and film a week of shows to make up for the diatribe he unleashed on the City of Brotherly Love during a segment of Tuesday night's episode.
"With my tongue firmly pressed against my cheek," Kenney introduced the resolution that reads as follows:
Following intense criticism, City Council President Darrell Clarke agreed today to add a ”safety net” provision to legislation that will extend a city sales-tax increase so that, even if state lawmakers don’t act on the issue this spring, the tax will be extended and the School District of Philadelphia will get its $120 million next year.
“What we can’t do is allow ourselves to be in a position that if there’s some changes in the existing state provision or some changes in the proposal that we put forth, that we’re not in a position to take advantage of the extension of the sales tax,” Clarke told reporters today.
Last week, Clarke proposed giving $120 million of the revenue to the school district in its first year via extending the city sales tax from 7 percent to 8 percent and then gradually phasing in a 50/50 split of the revenues to fill coffers for the district and the city’s beleaguered pension fund.