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March 29, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day after City Council called on Mayor Nutter to ask tax-exempt nonprofit organizations to make voluntary payments to help fund city schools, Nutter expressed ambivalence toward the proposal. "I think we all know I can't order the nonprofits to give us money for anything," Nutter said. "I don't think a PILOT program here or, demonstrated in any other city, is the kind of sustainable, long-term, serious funding that our school system needs. " Nevertheless, Nutter said he would review the resolution, which passed on a 16-1 vote.
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March 27, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FOLLOWING a Justice Department report on the use of lethal force by Philadelphia police, Mayor Nutter yesterday signed an executive order creating an independent oversight committee to implement the report's recommendations. "It is clear that changes need to be made with regard to the use of force in the Philadelphia Police Department and all across the city," Nutter said. The mayor said the 15-member committee would assess and implement the 91 recommendations in the report. JoAnne A. Epps, dean of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, will chair the committee, he said.
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March 27, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday signed an ordinance authorizing a ballot question concerning the creation of a Commission for Women in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter. "Women continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in this nation," said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the ordinance. "Despite representing 52.8 percent of the city population, women occupy only 11 percent of corporate board seats in Philadelphia, and women of color represent less than 1 percent.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Having endured only the latest round of unflattering reviews following the deadly building collapse at 22d and Market Streets in 2013, Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections should be approaching its crucial and daunting task with that much more care and caution. That is not the impression left by the revelation that hundreds of inspections were conducted by trainees who lacked required credentials. About 600 inspections conducted one week last month were performed by newly hired, uncertified employees but recorded under the name of a single experienced inspector, The Inquirer's Alfred Lubrano reported Monday.
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March 8, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following the 2013 Center City building collapse that killed six people and injured 13, committees tasked by City Council and the Nutter administration to look into how to reform the Department of Licenses and Inspections concluded that the regulatory agency was underfunded. The department is budgeted at $28.8 million and 353 positions, 20 of which are unfilled. On Thursday, Mayor Nutter responded by calling for an extra $10.8 million for L&I, spread over three years. The first $5.5 million, to be allocated in 2016, would go toward hiring 43 employees, most of them building inspectors, and for new technology.
NEWS
March 7, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Who says Mayor Nutter won't be a player in this year's election to choose his successor? By proposing a 9.34 percent property-tax hike in his final budget, Nutter has given Philadelphians a barometer to judge which mayoral candidate they agree with on taxing and spending. In fact, with a number of City Council members all but declaring Nutter's tax increase dead on arrival, voters can also use the idea to gauge which Council candidates would be better fiscal stewards. Let the discussion begin.
NEWS
March 7, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
In his final budget proposal, Mayor Nutter said, he wanted to try something new to support the city's ailing schools - actually giving the district what it asked for. To meet the request for an additional $103 million, Nutter on Thursday proposed a 9.3 percent property-tax increase, calling it a sustainable funding source to usher in a new era for a district damaged by years of short-term fixes. Nutter's tax increase would raise $105 million, all of which would go to the district. "Now, more than ever, investing in education, in our city's future, is the right thing to do," Nutter said in his budget address to City Council.
NEWS
March 6, 2015
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday unveiled his eighth and final budget proposal, for fiscal year 2016, which begins July 1. It must be approved by City Council. Here are the highlights: * $3.95 billion in spending - an increase of 2.3 percent, or nearly $90 million. Nutter attributed the increase to nearly $51 million in rising city pension and health-care costs and a $27.4 million contract arbitration award for the Police Department. *  A projected $3.85 billion in revenues, an increase of $67 million.
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March 6, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
ANOTHER storm is brewing, and we're not talking snow. We're talking about a fresh round of Mayor Nutter vs. City Council. Nutter is expected to unveil a budget today that will call for a more than 9 percent increase in property taxes to help infuse the Philadelphia School District with desperately needed money, according to sources. The mayor's proposed property-tax hike of 9.34 percent is likely to put City Council - which must approve Nutter's eighth and final budget - in a difficult position at a time when all 17 council members are up for re-election.
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March 6, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
Mayor Nutter will ask City Council on Thursday to approve a 9.3 percent increase in property taxes to fund the beleaguered School District. In his final budget address as mayor, Nutter will ask Council - in an election year - to approve a $3.95 billion spending plan that would raise property owners' taxes by hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. Currently, the tax bill for a home assessed at the median of $113,000 is $1,112. If Nutter's proposal was approved, it would go up to $1,216.
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