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POSTED: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 5:01 PM

The Committee-level vote on the business tax legislation put forth by Council members Bill Green and Maria Quinones-Sanchez will be postponed until tomorrow.

The hearing has run so long that Finance Director Rob Dubow had a conflict and can not testify until tomorrow at 1 p.m. The vote will be after he speaks.

Testimony is still going after seven hours her in Council chambers. Frankly, we're a starting to feel a little overtaxed...

POSTED: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 3:37 PM

We told you back on Nov. 19 that the state Supreme Court, overturning the rulings of two lower courts, ordered Philadelphia's City Council to give the public a chance to speak during weekly sessions held on Thursdays.  Council President Anna Verna today issued guidelines for how that will work, starting this Thursday.

Philadelphia residents and taxpayers can speak for up to three minutes before Council votes on pending legislation. They won't have to offer any proof that they are residents or taxpayers, however.   You can read Verna's news release with more details after the jump.

Council President Anna C. Verna Announces New Procedures

POSTED: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 10:51 AM

Note: This post has been updated below.

Council is holding a marathon hearing today on the radical business tax legislation proposed by Council members Bill Green and Maria Quinones-Sanchez.

Their bill would shift the business-tax burden from the net-income tax, which taxes profits, to the gross-receipts tax, which taxes sales. Green and Quinones-Sanchez, who have been working on the legislation for more than two years, argue that this method would spread the tax burden more fairly and remove the disincentive to locate a business in Philadelphia.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 10:20 AM

Ah, the season of culture wars resumes as the "Christmas" is removed from signs at the City Hall "Holiday Village."

Some good news:  Philadelphia trails other big cities when it comes to home foreclosures.

Across the river, questions about a seven-year prison term for a New Jersey man after police found two unloaded guns locked in the trunk of his car while he was moving.

POSTED: Monday, November 29, 2010, 3:14 PM

This just in from the mayor's press office:

Monday, November 29, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


POSTED: Monday, November 29, 2010, 2:16 PM

City Council tomorrow will hold a hearing to review legislation that would radically change the way business taxes are levied in the city.

Council members Bill Green and Maria Quinones-Sanchez are proposing to do away with the city's current business tax structure, which has two parts -- the net income tax on a business' profits and and the gross reciepts tax on overall sales. They want to replace the current set-up with a higher gross receipts tax, which they argue would encourage more businesses to locate in the city.

Mayor Nutter and City Controller Alan Butkovitz have criticized the plan, saying it would cost the city money and penalize certain business sectors.

POSTED: Monday, November 29, 2010, 11:15 AM

We just got this from the mayor's press office:


Mayors to advocate for continued federal support of Community Development Block Grants

POSTED: Monday, November 29, 2010, 10:09 AM

John Baer questions why former Mayor Street's attacks on Mayor Nutter should be taken seriously.

What will next year's city budget look like? And how will that affect Nutter's re-election campaign?

Nutter puts on his pundit hat on Meet the Press.

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