It’s almost Thanksgiving. The budget was supposed to finally be getting done but after some more talk this week, that might no longer be the case. Elsewhere, everything else was about the same this week, which is to say that Philly sports teams were losing and porny emails were causing commotion at the D.A.’s office. Billy Penn recaps these stories and more, and pairs them with music as part of the #BillyPennPlaylist.
“O.P.P.,” Naughty by Nature
The Republicans and maybe some Democrats are not down with people’s property taxes paying for schools, and it could hijack the budget. Already four months late, the budget was supposed to get done before Thanksgiving. But a late dispute over property taxes could postpone the budget even further.
“Welcome to Paradise” Green Day
Many governors have said they don’t want Syrian refugees entering their states. Not Tom Wolf. He said he wanted Pennsylvania “to continue to build on its rich history of accepting immigrants and refugees from around the world.”
“Wasting All These Tears,” Cassadee Pope
Not allowing medical marijuana matters so much to Republican House speaker Mike Turzai that he cried Thursday. The tears were a waste, though. The bill passed through the committee and will now be looked at by the House.
Philly pro sports teams have yet to win a home game this month.
“Horse With No Name,” America
A bill that would prohibit police departments or public officials from naming officers involved in shootings passed through the House Wednesday.
“Already Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
The inevitable began happening Thursday morning. Mired in a substitute teaching crisis, the Philadelphia School District altered its relationship with the sub firm Source4Teachers, dropping it from the duty of staffing longterm substitutes.
“Echoes of Silence,” The Weeknd
Members of City Council such as Cindy Bass and Blondell Reynolds Brown, as well as state Sen. Anthony Williams have asked for the resignations of the porny prosecutors in the D.A.’s office. Meanwhile, D.A. Seth Williams didn’t respond to an inquiry about how the sensitivity training for those prosecutors was going.
“Sell Out,” Reel Big Fish
In what struck everyone as bizarre, restaurateur Marc Vetri on Monday sold all of his restaurants to Urban Outfitters, except for his namesake restaurant.