U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democratic candidate for governor, last week proposed a 5-percent natural gas severance tax to make record investments in education and transportation.
Even as City Hall and Philadelphia’s firefighters union embarked on new contract arbitration last week, Mayor Michael Nutter yielded ground in his administration’s prolonged legal war with firefighters over their recently expired 2009 contract.
The Philadelphia Bar Association, a state Supreme Court justice and the majority leader of the Pennsylvania Senate are all calling for continued reforms at Philadelphia Traffic Court after a dozen people associated with the troubled court were criminally charged last week.
— In NE Philly, no surprises in races for Congress and state House and Senate seats.
Litterbug does dirty work in Rhawnhurst
Besides races for mayor and City Council, voters on Tuesday will see a crowded ballot filled with the names of judicial candidates.
Al Schmidt, a Republican candidate for city elections commissioner, has pledged to take a pay cut and refuse a taxpayer-funded vehicle and gasoline.
A mayoral town-hall meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Ironworkers Local 401’s Bridgemen’s Hall, 11600 Norcom Road.