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For the second time in his Mayoralty, Michael Nutter has vetoed a paid sick-leave bill, claiming it would render Philadelphia's business climate uncompetitive, especially compared to its suburbs, which don't enforce the policy. Bill sponsor Bill Greenlee has 11 votes in the bag, and is still desperately seeking the twelfth that would override Nutter's veto. But hope is slim. New York City, which has long been in the same boat, has finally garnered enough council support to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of a similar bill. For good measure, here's some research on why San Francisco and Connecticut in fact grew
NewsWorks reports that Mayor Nutter is expected to repeat his own history this week, and mandate a bill requiring most Philadelphia businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees. The City Council passed the bill last month with 11 votes; it would take 12 to override the veto. City Councilman Bill Greenlee apparently holds out hope :"We have put a 'mom and pop' exemption in so companies with five or less employees would not have to provide any paid sick days," he told NewsWorks. "We've excluded interns, pool employees, that kind of thing. So we think we've made this
CBS Philly reports that just 5 percent of the city's homewners—22,000 homes in all—have appealed their new assessments made under the recently enacted Actual Value Initiative. Mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald's take? “There are a very large number of individuals who are pretty satisfied, think the assessment is pretty close to what they think they could sell their property for," he told the TV station. That's one possibility. The other? Ninety-five percent of Philadelphians are simply used to City Hall giving them a raw deal by now—so why peep up?
Frank Rizzo--fils--is mulling a run for Mayor. And like his father did several times in his career, the 70-year-old former City Councilman plans on switching party affiliation to do so, from Independent to Democrat. (Rizzo II served as a Republican in City Council for 15 years, until being ousted in 2011.) Asked to recall a few specific accomplishments from his time in City Hall, Rizzo came up with this:Persuading the state police to provide 50 state troopers to patrol interstate highways in Philadelphia, and initiating the creation of a cellphone lot near the airport where people could wait for arriving
Perks of being the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors: Hanging out in Tuscany. Along with some fellow Mayors from South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, and Arizona, Nutter is on a five-day jaunt to Florence--Philadelphia's "Sister City" since 1964--where he's apparently soaking up some culture to import to Philadelphia."In Philadelphia 50,000 people are dependent on art and culture for their livelihood,” and where better to learn how to capitalize on and add to Philadelphia’s cultural assets than one of the biggest tourism cities in the world, Nutter says.No fear, suspicious taxpayers, the U.S. Conference is picking up the tab. So
DC33 President Pete Matthews told MyFoxPhilly this morning that the city's unions may strike, depending on the outcome of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that could let Mayor Nutter impose new contract terms on municipal workers.Is it time to strike? "Quite possibly," Matthews answered. "Let's see what happens in the Supreme Court case."As for whether the unions' tone, including portrayals of Nutter as "Bozo the Clown" and screaming at people, and whether the public will still back them, Matthews said he has respect for city council, its president and even the mayor's office."But we have no respect for the mayor,"
James is a client of mine who runs a 30-person roofing company in Northeast Philadelphia. Last week, one of the people in his office wasn’t feeling well and called in sick. It was no big deal. She got paid for the day. The next day she was back at work. Just like she’s been for the past 10 years. This is typical of most of the clients I work with. People get sick. They take time off to get better (which is better for everyone in the office). They come back to work.
The other day, Mike Nutter was parked illegally outside Barbuzzo in an unofficial spot, earning him a ticket. But the fault, apparently, wasn't his, as his car is allowed to park any where it damn pleases. Which would mean the fault (and there's always blame to be laid) lies with the PPA ticketeer. Rather than penalize her, though, perhaps it'd be best simply to honor her, as the most bad-ass meter maid in Philadelphia. Reports the Daily News's Molly Eichel, "my tipster told me the employee knew of the mayor's VIP status. 'We pointed it out,' the tipster told me
The Inquirer reports:In response, the city's municipal unions offered the following statement:
After performing the gubernatorial role of ribbon-cutter-in-chief at a science conference in Philadelphia Monday morning, Gov. Corbett told reporters he found it "disappointing" that Mayor Nutter's budget address last week was drowned out by municipal union members' loud protests in City Hall.
"It's disappointing when individuals will not allow a mayor or an official to give an address that he's supposed to give," Corbett said. "Individuals certainly have their opportunity to be heard, but it was certainly disappointing that he did not get to deliver his budget address."
It kind of got lost in yesterday's union shutdown of Mayor Nutter's budget speech at City Hall, but the Council actually got some work done, passing a bill requiring Philly businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees. A similar bill passed last year, 9-8, but was vetoed by the mayor. This year's bill had more support—winning 11-6—but still fell short by one vote of the number needed to override the mayor's probable repeat performance on the veto side. Nutter has until April 4 to veto the bill. [CBS Local]