Archive: June, 2009
We just got an email from the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation saying that the agency will close today. As we reported earlier this month, the city plans to stop providing federal funds to PCDC, quasi-governmental agency that provides financial aid to minority businesses.
The email from the PCDC marketing director Lennette DeLoatch is below:
To all PCDC Clients and Friends,
Our man in Harrisburg, John Baer, just caught up with Mayor Nutter, who spent the day in Harrisburg today on his quest for legislative authority to raise the city sales tax and extend payments into the city pension fund.
Nutter’s meetings included GOP state Rep. John Perzel as well as state Senators Shirley Kitchen, Anthony Hardy Williams and Vincent Hughes. Nutter said he met with members of the Philly delegation because it is important to "maintain a presence and supply information."
Nutter said that with the fiscal year beginning tomorrow, “this all becomes much more real, a little more intense and the consequences become more dire."
This just in from the press office:
MAYOR NUTTER APPOINTS ACTING DEPUTY MAYOR FOR PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Philadelphia, June 30, 2009 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that Alan Greenberger will serve as Acting Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Commerce Director. Mr. Greenberger will retain his responsibilities as Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Mayor Nutter also announced that Kevin Dow, Deputy Director of Commerce for Neighborhood and Business Services, will serve as Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Commerce Department.
Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe descends on Philly next week with "Nutterly Love: Funny as a Bell," a new show all about the city of brotherly love. The show premieres July 8 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
Check out the Nutterly Love blog for some behind the scenes details on how the writers researched Philadelphia.
Contracts for four municipal unions expire today and all eyes now turn to Harrisburg to see how state budget negotiations there will impact the city's five-year financial plan.
The Fraternal Order of Police is seeking through binding arbitration to drop the long-standing requirement that police officers live in the city.
While unions and the city haggle over salary and health care, the head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority enjoys a $42,693 bonus on top of his $284,625 salary.
The city today released a new list of tax delinquents who owe the city back business taxes. This is the third such list put out by the city and it features 57 new businesses.
Check out this list here. The names highlighted in yellow are new to the list.
Since the city started publicizing tax deadbeats last November, they have collected $4 million in business tax revenue. Two well known names have remained on the list since last fall -- restaurantaur Neil Stein and Milton Street, brother of former Mayor Street.
With contracts for the city's four municipal unions set to expire at midnight tomorrow, Pew Charitable Trusts today released a updated report on the cost of employee benefits for the city.
Put out by the Philadelphia Research Initiative, the report is titled: "Quiet No More: Philadelphia Confronts the Cost of Employee Benefits. Today's release updates a 2008 study published by Pew and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia called "Philadelphia’s Quiet Crisis: The Rising Cost of Employee Benefits."
Today's report details the city's attempts to change payments into the pension fund and reduce health care costs, stressing that such efforts will be key to the city's fiscal future.
The latest budget fight in Harrisburg is over the State Police.
Fundraising is underway for a facelift to the Philadelphia Vietnam War memorial.
A "party girl" was murdered in a Northern Liberties apartment building over the weekend.