Check out our two-minute video tutorial on a new budget app, developed by candidate for Philadelphia city controller Brett Mandel, that lets you look at each and every check that got cut from the city’s general fund in fiscal 2012. Then use the comments below to tell us what you find – we’ll publish a running tally of the most interesting results!
Between now and June (or July, if they’re late) Philadelphia City Council will hold hearings, introduce legislation — in some cases, at least — vote on a slew of big, complicated, and controversial issues.
AxisPhilly will be following most of these issues closely. And we want to know what you think. Which of these matter most to you, and why? Let us know. Continue reading →
A number of groups have been fighting passage of such legislation. You can find them, and how much they spent to lobby, on Lobbying.ph.
We are currently working to make this tool easier to search by topic. For now, we’ve pulled out a list of groups that reported lobbying on the paid sick leave bill through the first three quarters of 2012:
What would you do to solve poverty in Philadelphia? Axis Philly wants your ideas, so get ready to send them in.
Before you answer, consider this: With a poverty rate of over 28 percent, Philadelphia has the highest poverty percentage of any large American city. It has 40,000 vacant properties (as of 2010). And 120,000 School District students receive free or reduced price lunch.
The problem is a big one, so send big ideas, and let’s get the discussion started.
Two men sleep on Ben Franklin Parkway – Solomon Jones for AxisPhilly
by Solomon Jones
Over 28 percent of Philadelphians live in poverty—the highest poverty rate among
America’s largest cities. Many of the poor are children. In fact, nearly 78 percent of
Philadelphia School District children—120,000 of the district’s 154,000 students—
receive free or reduced lunch.
In addition to coordinating OpenDataPhilly.org, an online collaborative project aimed at fostering public access to city data, AxisPhilly will be covering data transparency as news. Check in for updates, and send us your reporting and follow-up suggestions (info below).
After years of debate, hours and hours of public testimony, and a slew of studies, reports, and recommendations, Philadelphia’s painful and controversial debate over changing its property tax system today came down to The Number — $96.5 billion.