Broad Street Brief: Mayor Kenney’s Proposed Budget, In Brief
April 15, 2022
April 15, 2022
Two weeks ago, Mayor Jim Kenney released his proposed 2022-2023 budget, which totals $5.6 billion in spending. As negotiations begin, here’s a summary of the City’s 2022-23 budget as proposed:
It is now up to City Council and Mayor Kenney to hammer out a final budget before the start of the new fiscal year in July. For more, please click here.
Mayor Kenney and City Councilmembers are asking Harrisburg to declare a state of emergency in the Kensington section of the city, saying city-led emergency declarations haven’t been as impactful as was hoped. A state-declared emergency can be initiated by the Governor, but further renewals must be made by the General Assembly. State emergency declarations also give the city access to broader state resources and capital.
Philadelphia officials waived a requirement that new recruits to the Philadelphia Police live in the city at least one full year before joining the force. Although the City has had some sort of residency requirement for its employees since the 1950s, recruiters hope lifting the rule will help fill about 400 officer vacancies for the 6,400 member force.
Philadelphia Public Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole announced that masking will be required in indoor spaces starting next Monday, April 18th, after a 60% rise in COVID-19 cases citywide. Philadelphia is the first major U.S. city to reenact masking requirements after the Omicron wave.
Philadelphia City Council holds several hearings throughout the legislative calendar. You can watch the hearings here.
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