Broad Street Brief: Gym Introduces Bill Mandating Employers Provide Transit Commuter Benefit Program
April 28, 2022
April 28, 2022
Councilmember Helen Gym introduced a bill last week that would require businesses with 50 or more employees to establish a commuter benefit program for employees’ public transit and bike commuter costs. Payment would come from pretax income and could save participants an average of $200 a year in federal income tax.
Councilmember Jamie Gauthier says the city has too often failed to fulfill providing basic services to many neighborhoods, such as regular trash collection or timely repair of broken street lights. Gauthier’s “Just Services” campaign aims to make investments in these services a priority in the upcoming F’23 budget.
After the city backtracked on the implementation of a new mask mandate, some wonder why Philadelphia’s City Council continues to meet virtually. It’s the only major legislative body in any major city in Pennsylvania that continues to do so.
Reports filed with Philadelphia 311 reveal about 34,000 abandoned cars litter Philadelphia’s streets, especially in North and West Philadelphia. Removal of the cars is complicated by state rule changes as well as modifications to the staffing of the police unit responsible for car removal.
Philadelphia City Council holds several hearings throughout the legislative calendar. You can watch the hearings here.
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