Issues: Philadelphia


Liquor Revenue Necessary to Prevent 3,783 Layoffs in School District of Philadelphia

New revenue from the city and state is necessary to avoid the most harmful cuts and avert the long-term...

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Too Big to Trust? Banks, Schools and the Ongoing Problem of Interest Rate Swaps

Philadelphia, like many cities, has faced serious financial difficulties in recent years. These difficulties have forced the city government...

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Press Release: Bank Swap Deals Continue to Cost Philadelphia City, School District

Large financial institutions, including many that received financial bailouts through the Troubled Asset Relief Program, will continue to make...

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Philadelphia School Funding Agreement Comes with Strings Attached

The Philadelphia School District will receive new state funding, but with strings attached that leave some key decisions in...

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Transportation Funding Options

Funding for public transit tops the legislative agenda at the start of this week, and both Governor Rendell and...

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Local Cigarette Taxes: Improving Public Health and Investing in the Community

This report reveals how several American cities have raised cigarette taxes as a public health measure and to generate...

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A Strong State Commitment to Public Education, A Must Have for Pennsylvania’s Children

This report examines school funding in Pennsylvania, focusing on the city of Philadelphia and on other low-income school districts....

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Who Benefits from the Philadelphia Soda Tax? All Philadelphians, and especially those with low-incomes

The tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) proposed by Mayor Kenney, also known as the “soda tax,” is controversial mainly...

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BRIEF: Rethinking Philadelphia Taxes to Fund Education

At PBPC, we have long argued that the education of Philadelphians shouldn’t be a responsibility of the city alone....

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Fuzzy Math in Philadelphia: Edison Overstates Savings Possible Through Outsourcing School District Maintenance and Operations Work

Under contract to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Edison Schools Inc. prepared an 80-page assessment to the Philadelphia schools and...

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