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Takeaways from Mayor Kenney’s final city budget proposal

Tax cuts, increased library staffing, more money for the school district and CCP, funding for a new forensic lab, and better surveillance of shooting hotspots. 

  • Mayor Kenney’s final budget proposal includes all these things and more, for a total of about $6.1 billion in spending. That’s up from $5.6 billion last year, even as officials predict a minor recession.

Jordan Levy runs down seven things to know about Kenney’s last budget, plus the schedule of Council hearings in case you want to provide testimony.

→ Spending taxpayer money 

Philly’s hot podcast studio: Meet Rowhome Productions

If you recently heard a great story on a local podcast and wondered how it happens, there’s a solid chance Alex Lewis and John Myers played a part.

  • The duo runs Rowhome Productions, which is quickly becoming a go-to for longform narrative pods. The firm has produced for everyone from Philadelphia International records to BlackStar Fest to WHYY. 

They aim to put Philly on the map, Alisha Miranda reports, with sophisticated audio storytelling cultivated from unknown homegrown talent.

→ How podcasts pop off   

Rowhome Productions cofounders John Myers and Alex Lewis gathering sound from the El (Paolo Jay Agbay for Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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Noting public today for Mayor Kenney, as Council begins to digest his budget proposal. 


🖼️ A new show at the Barnes called “Tell Me What You Remember” showcases South African painters Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye, who join the curator for a preview conversation about their work. (10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4)

🍁 Tap some trees and learn how to make candy at Maple Sugar Day at Fox Chase Farm in Northeast Philly. Also expect food trucks, vendors, and games; admission is $5 per person. (12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4)