LOTS OF Philadelphians need jobs, and City Council is looking for ways to help.
Council's Committee on Finance held a hearing Wednesday on two bills sponsored by Councilman Bill Green, including one that would require businesses with nonprofessional services contracts with the city to hire Philadelphians.
"This applies what has been applied only to the construction industry to all nonprofessional services," Green said. For any businesses that receive more than $150,000 in service contracts or that receive other forms of financial aid from the city, the bill creates a hiring goal of 50 percent Philadelphians. After five years, the goal becomes a mandate.