May 14, 2016 |
Comcast Corp. expanded its discounted Internet Essentials program to older Philadelphians, the company said Thursday. The cable giant launched the program for older residents in Seattle, San Francisco, and Palm Beach County, Fla., last year and then agreed during cable-TV franchise negotiations with Philadelphia officials to add it here. Internet Essentials entails high-speed broadband service for $10 a month and since its inception in 2011 had been available only to low-income families with schoolchildren.
May 8, 2016
1 p.m. Sunday on WRTI-FM (90.1): Famed pianist Hélène Grimaud joins conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra for the beloved Brahms Piano Concert No. 2 . The second half of the program will be Schumann's Symphony No. 1 ("Spring") .
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.
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.