May 7, 2016
By Marie Conley Sometimes we take Philadelphia for granted. We lead busy lives and don't often stop and reflect on the amazing things that routinely happen here. When you grow up in lower Bucks, as I did, it is easy to fall in love with the pulse of the city, its neighborhoods, American history, and, of course, the fantastic food. But I'm talking about life-changing stuff. I'm talking about men and women working at acclaimed research centers who are pioneering technological and medical breakthroughs on a regular basis.
May 5, 2016 |
The American Beverage Association poured $1.5 million into the fight against Mayor Kenney's proposed sugary-drinks tax during the month after the plan was introduced in early March, lobbying reports released Tuesday show. And that was before the association took its message to television. "We have and will continue to take the steps necessary to inform Philadelphians about the truth of this grocery-tax proposal," said Anthony Campisi, spokesman for the No Philly Grocery Tax Coalition, using the opposition's shorthand for Kenney's tax on sugary drinks.
May 1, 2016
2 p.m. Sunday on WRTI-FM (90.1): Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma plays live with the Philadelphia Orchestra, with guest conductor Stéphane Denève. They continue the orchestra's John Williams celebration, with Tributes! For Seiji and the Cello Concerto . In the second half: Debussy's "Clouds" and "Festivals" and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition .
April 19, 2016 |
THE SUGARY-DRINK tax proposed by Mayor Kenney, also known as the "soda tax," is controversial because it takes a greater share of the income from poor families than rich ones. And since we at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center are fundamentally committed to economic justice, we are always inclined to be suspicious of taxes that do that. So it may come as a surprise that we have concluded, overall, that the sugary-drink tax proposed by the mayor is a good idea. Though the costs fall more heavily on those with low incomes, for two reasons, more of the benefit of the tax will go to low-income Philadelphians, as well.
April 3, 2016
Larry Eichel and Katie Martinare are with the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia research initiative, which studies key issues facing Philadelphia. Philadelphia in 2016 is a growing city undergoing a sweeping transformation, most evident in the age and diversity of those who live here. The city's population has risen for nine consecutive years, up a further 5,880 in the most recent count. The increase since 2006 stands at 78,732, a stark reversal after a decrease of nearly 600,000 over the previous five decades.