Saturday, November 28, 2015

Should Philly taxes pay only Philly contractors?

Councilman Bill Green wants to block suburban businesses from city-funded jobs

Should Philly taxes pay only Philly contractors?


Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green, D-at large, wants to certify Philadelphia-based businesses and give them preference in bidding city-funded jobs. Three bills introduced by Green today would:

- Require Philadelphia residents "perform 100% of the work hours" on all city competitively-bid contracts over $150,000

- "Private-party beneficiaries of public subsidies" must "interview Philadelphia residents first for all new, entry-level jobs"

- Philadelphia will create a "Local Business Entity" list of "qualified applicants" for work on city jobs.

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