Wednesday, March 4, 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.

Joseph N. DiStefano
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PhillyDeals posts raw drafts and updates of Joseph N. DiStefano's columns and stories about Philly-area finance, investment, commercial real estate, tech, hiring and public spending, which he's been writing since 1989, mostly for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

DiStefano studied economics, history and a little engineering at Penn, taught writing at St. Joe's, and has written the book Comcasted, more than a thousand columns, and thousands of articles, and raised six children with his wife, who is a saint.

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