Does Anyone Care About Business-Tax Reform?

PhillyNow column in our Dec. 1 print edition: The city is about to make major changes to the way it collects business taxes—which could potentially become law by the end of the year—but are businesses paying attention? To briefly recap: Council members Bill Green and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez have proposed a bill that would eliminate the net-profit portion...

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Curtis Jones On Business Tax Reform: “It’s A Wild-Ass Guess”

Curtis Jones On Business Tax Reform: “It’s A Wild-Ass Guess”

After seven hours of testimony from a lot of smart, important-sounding people, the city is no closer to reaching a consensus about the efficacy of a business tax reform plan currently before Council. Curtis Jones summed up the whole debate pretty succinctly: “A lot of this is the WAG theory,” the councilman said. “It’s a wild-ass guess.” The...

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DAILY GRINDER: A Hated Former Senator, Meh’d Future-Former Senator and Loved State Senator

DAILY GRINDER: A Hated Former Senator, Meh’d Future-Former Senator and Loved State Senator

Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania’s universally-hated former Senator, has been busy lately, running for president, traveling through New Hampshire and making predictable, partisan remarks. His newest: Obama is OK with a nuclear Iran [because he’s a terrorist] and the founder of Wikileaks is neither a trickster nor doing his civil duty by releasing the information...

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New York, Mark Ruffalo Leading Fracking Fight on Marcellus Shale

New York, Mark Ruffalo Leading Fracking Fight on Marcellus Shale

I know, I know this is a Philly-based blog and Philadelphians hate them some New Yorkers. But for the loud minority out there that have been rallying against drilling the Marcellus Shale for natural gas, perhaps we can look to our brothers from the north for some guidance on the issue. The State Assembly passed a temporary moratorium on natural gas drilling for...

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DAILY GRINDER: East Market Dystopia

DAILY GRINDER: East Market Dystopia

City leaders are baffled – baffled, I tell you! – about how Center City streets become “abandoned at sundown.” So, what’s the answer? Billboards, and lots of ‘em! East Market Street could potentially be as awful as Times Square should a “commercial advertising district” bill make it through City Council. How else to keep people on the streets...

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Casey’s First Challenger Steps Up

Casey’s First Challenger Steps Up

Anyone thinking 2012 might be a little different from 2010, at least in terms of the terms of the Republican party’s rhetorical platform, need look no further than the first Republican who’s stepped up to challenge the oft-mute, smiley, standless, drinker of milque and sucker of toast, Senator Bob Casey, Jr. His name is Marc Scaringi, he’s a Harrisburg-based...

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DAILY GRINDER: Here’s What You Missed

DAILY GRINDER: Here’s What You Missed

Anonymous sources: Ackerman did some bad stuff, i.e., steered 19 school camera installation projects – worth $7.5 million – to a Mount Airy contractor called IBS Communications. And they weren’t on a state-approved list of emergency work contractors. This is the second time Ackerman gave the company work. The first time, the Philly school district paid...

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Are Dress Codes Racist?

Are Dress Codes Racist?

In the wake of the discrimination lawsuit against McFadden’s Bar on North Third, which claims racism against both patrons and employees, its been alleged that the bar used dress codes as a means to keep people of color away. Some of the restricted clothing included: •    “Excessively” baggy clothes •    Hats •    Workboots •    Pendants...

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Gloves Come Off in Business Tax Battle, Green vs. Butkovitz

Gloves Come Off in Business Tax Battle, Green vs. Butkovitz

One day, we might straighten out taxes in Philadelphia, stimulate growth and create a utopia of small businesses, with jobs available for all. But if it happens, it won’t be without a fight, because the major players can’t agree on how to do it. Now, it’s starting to get personal. Today, City Controller Alan Butkovitz weighed in on the Bill...

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It Begins: Fracking Spill in North Central PA

It Begins: Fracking Spill in North Central PA

Newsworks is reporting that “thousands of gallons” – 13,000 to be precisely in the ballpark – of hydrofracking fluid (containing a nice cocktail of salt and toxins) have spilled from a well in North Central PA and the ground water in Lycoming County is as good as polluted. The site has already had several violations and it wasn’t until a follow-up visit...

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