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The Fate of Philadelphia is in the Hands of ... Republicans

The bill providing fiscal relief to Philadelphia is now being considered by the GOP Senate caucus. Depending on what happens at that meeting, House Bill 1828 could be voted on by the full Senate as early as this afternoon.

The Fate of Philadelphia is in the Hands of ... Republicans

The bill providing fiscal relief to Philadelphia is now being considered by the GOP Senate caucus. Depending on what happens at that meeting, House Bill 1828 could be voted on by the full Senate as early as this afternoon.

This is a critical meeting. And Philadelphia won't have any voice at the table.

That's right, there's not a single Republican senator from the city of Philadelphia. Our fiscal fate will be decided behind closed doors, in a meeting that includes no one who lives here.

There's not necessarily anything that can be done about this. It's not like some district in Philadelphia could have strategically elected a Republican so the city could have representation in the caucus. But it's worth pointing out that without a GOP member, Philadelphia will be on the outside looking in when it comes to business in the state capitol.

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