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What Philly’s wage tax cut means for workers, and the city

City Council is poised to approve a small decrease in Philly’s wage tax today when it passes the city’s fiscal year 2023 budget.

  • The rate cut will not have a meaningful impact on residents’ wallets. It’s touted as a business-boosting measure, intended to help keep companies from moving operations outside Philadelphia.

People making the city’s median income will save about 47 cents a week, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports, while the average suburbanite will save 14 cents.

Malcolm Jenkins launches whiskey from Black and brown farms

Malcolm Jenkins is using his star power to address the lack of diversity in the spirits industry through a partnership with Kensington’s New Liberty Distillery.

  • Black- and brown-owned farms will supply all of the grain for the forthcoming bourbon from the former Eagles safety, which may be an industry first. Only 8% of the U.S. craft spirits workforce is Black.

It hasn’t been easy finding farmers for supply, but the first batch of whiskey could start production this year, Ian Mikrut reports for Billy Penn.

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MAYOR WATCH

Nothing on the public schedule today for Mayor Kenney, as he likely pays close attention to the City Council session where lawmakers are expected to approve next year’s Philadelphia budget.

ON THE CALENDAR

? Thursday is National Typewriter Day, and you can celebrate with a free lecture from the founder of Philly Typewriter, Bryan Kravitz, on the antiquated machinery’s impact and subtle resurgence. ( 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23)

?️‍? Pride month breezes on with a block party from Kensington’s Congreso de Latinos Unidos — this time with a live DJ, drag performances, and free HIV testing. (12 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 24)

? Dozens of artists and performers will set up along the sidewalks and inside local businesses for the annual Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl street festival — rain or shine. (12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25)