Posts Tagged ‘Alan Butkovitz’

Philly Fraud: There’s an App For That

Your trusty city controller, Alan Butkovitz, took to the press conference circuit today, introducing the hippiest Philly phone application this side of PunkStar Studios’ ‘Septa Transit App.’ It’s called “Philly Watchdog” and it allows citizens to “instantly report incidents of fraud, waste or abuse directly to my Fraud Unit,” Butkovitz said at...

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DAILY GRINDER: Nothing Here Is Meant To Shock You

Congrats, Philly. You are the “unhappiest football city” in America. [CBS] Pennsylvania Republicans Mike Fitzpatrick and Rick Santorum were named this week in a White House Office of Political Affairs report, which said the Bush Administration violated federal law by helping out the then-losers in their 2006 re-election bids. [Morning Call] Philadelphia...

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Who Will Be The Next Sheriff?

Who Will Be The Next Sheriff?

Hey, a Philly row office is in disarray! Big surprise there. For the moment, we have no Sheriff and it’s unclear when we will get a new one. The Committee of Seventy has sent a letter to PA Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi asking that he reject Gov. Rendell’s appointment of Barbara Deeley to the sheriff’s position, following the retirement...

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Butkovitz Releases Ominous Numbers On Philadelphians’ Spending Habits

What better person than our city controller to spread some holiday cheer? If you recall, Alan Butkovitz made our Noisemakers list for 2010 for doing a thorough and diligent job as the city’s watchdog. But damn, Alan, can we get a minute to breathe before you ram some more depressing statistics down our throat? In his latest monthly economic forecast, Butkovitz...

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City Government Plays Nice On Business Tax Reform

City Government Plays Nice On Business Tax Reform

After months of contentious back-and-forth with wildly opposing views on business tax reform, it seems that both sides of the debate have put aside their differences and are singing a different tune. Instead of today’s scheduled City Council hearing to discuss the bill proposed by Councilmembers Bill Green and Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Mayor Nutter held a...

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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: 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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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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Sheriff Defies Controller Audit, Butkovitz Vows Revenge

Sheriff Defies Controller Audit, Butkovitz Vows Revenge

More news from your friendly City Controller: The Sheriff’s Office is seriously f-ed up. Well, no kidding. You already knew that. But there’s new news, courtesy of Controller Alan Butkovitz. The controller wanted to check up on $53 million the Sheriff’s Office spent over the last few years, so they initiated a standard audit– but now they’re...

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Controller Finds DHS Handing Out Money Like Candy

Controller Finds DHS Handing Out Money Like Candy

When the Department of Human Services doles out cash, it’s supposed to receive an audit from the recipient within 120 days. Ha! The latest report by City Controller Alan Bukovitz , covering the agency’s finances between 2006 and 2009, found that DHS gave out nearly $81 million to sub-contractors without receiving follow-up audits within the allotted...

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