Posts Tagged ‘Maria Quiñones-Sánchez’

City Council Introduces ‘Land Bank’ Bill—Advocates See Hard Work Ahead

Today, City Council introduced its much-awaited ‘Land Bank’ bill, which would create a “quasi-public entity to hold and manage vacant land” in Philadelphia, utilizing community members, CDCs and government. About 30 people showed up to today’s hearing in support of the bill, most of whom were members of the Coalition to Take Back Public Land. Marcus...

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Philadelphia City Council Says No Deal for Mortgage Lenders

Philadelphia City Council Says No Deal for Mortgage Lenders

Image: Shutterstock Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution this morning calling on the Federal Taskforce of States Attorneys General to pursue legal action against banks that’ve been involved in mortgage abuse. The Resolution, introduced by Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, is a direct rebut to the federal government, which has been working out a...

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Philadelphia City Council Introduces Resolution Denouncing Anti-Foreign (Sharia) Law Bill [UPDATED]

Philadelphia City Council members Curtis Jones, Jr. and Maria Quinones Sanchez have introduced Resolution 120031, which sends an overnight package straight to Harrisburg containing one (1) middle finger. The Resolution, as yet unnamed, “Urg[es] the Pennsylvania General Assembly to reject House Bill 2029 as unnecessary and inconsistent with our core constitutional...

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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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Are “75,000 Jobs” The “Death Panels” Of Business Tax Reform?

Are “75,000 Jobs” The “Death Panels” Of Business Tax Reform?

Today, the business privilege tax reform proposed by Council members Bill Green and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez won’t be voted on in committee as expected. Instead, it’s being held, perhaps to negotiate a compromise with the Nutter administration, which has opposed the bill. We’ll know more after a press conference this afternoon with Nutter, Council...

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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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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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Council Hosts Sorority Party, To Kill “Blogger Tax?”

Council Hosts Sorority Party, To Kill “Blogger Tax?”

Slow day in City Council today, so Marian Tasco and Blondell Reynolds Brown threw a sorority party, inviting their sisters from Delta Sigma Theta up to take pictures and do keg-stands (only one of those statements is true). The Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition was also honored for being awesome in the normal self-congratulatory opening moments of...

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Council Members Green and Sanchez Boost Staff Pay

Councilmembers Bill Green and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez have awarded raises to several staff members, Catherine Lucey reported yesterday on the Daily News’ Philly Clout blog. According to Lucey: Councilman Bill Green this month gave raises to five of his staffers, including a $30,000 bump to his Chief of Staff Sophie Bryan, bringing her salary to $100,000....

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Immigrant Groups Call For End of Police Cooperation with ICE

Mexico played Argentina in the World Cup elimination round yesterday, but many Philadelphia residents native to Mexico had more important things on their mind. More than 300 people, including a large number of Mexican immigrants, attended a public forum on immigrant rights yesterday afternoon, organized by the New Sanctuary Movement and other advocacy groups...

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