Newsletter for Tuesday, March 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Here’s what the keys will look like when Indego — Philly’s bike share — gets started. Photo via @indego on Instagram.
THE FIGHT FOR A $15 MINIMUM WAGE COMES TO PHILLY
A national debate over whether or not low-wage workers should earn more than $7.25 an hour has gone on for years, but Philadelphia is one of the nation’s large cities that’s considering taking matters into its own hands as federally-proposed wage hikes stall. City Council will hold a public hearing tomorrow to discuss raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But there are issues with the raise, namely that Pennsylvania really doesn’t want municipalities raising the minimum wage on their own. As the battle in Philadelphia for higher wages rages on, a similar battle is taking place in Harrisburg. For low-wage workers in Philly, it’s probably just going to come down to who passes a bill first. Let’s take a look at the issues at hand.
HEY HARRISBURG: LET’S PRIVATIZE LIQUOR, NOW
A bill that would privatize our state-controlled system and allow wine in grocery stores and beer and liquor to be sold in the same place passed the House last week. It heads to the Senate, and then the Governor. Now, Pennsylvania’s “blue laws,” the rules that put beer at bottle shops and distributors, and wine and liquor in “state stores,” came to be in 1933, after the U.S. reversed prohibition, much to the dismay of Republican Governor Gifford Pinchot — who vowed to make buying alcohol as “inconvenient and expensive as possible.” It still is; it shouldn’t be. Here’s why.
TO DO: EAT AT STELLA SERA, PARIS BISTRO OR HEIRLOOM
WHAT: Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week
WHERE: Various restaurants
WHEN: Through Thursday (and next Sun-Thurs.)
HOW MUCH: $15 lunch & $35 dinner specials
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PRO TIP: LIVE IN PHILLY? CLAIM YOUR FREE TREE
Yard looking a little sparse? Unless you’re one of those lucky ducks who managed to find a place with some decent green space inside the city, your property could probably stand a little sprucing. Spring is coming, believe it or not, which means it’s time for Tree Philly’s yard tree giveaway. You can get one or two trees FOR FREE for your front, back or side yard just by filling out a quick registration form and agreeing to pick up your new tree in April. There are a number of tree types to pick from (you can be the cool neighbor with the pear tree) and a guide to help you pick the right one for your empty space. For you blackthumbs, there’s even a pretty comprehensive guide to keeping your new tree alive.
WHAT TV WEATHER PEOPLE WORE FOR THE ICE STORM
Philadelphia had a coating of ice Sunday night that made any driving nearly impossible. But never fear: Philadelphia’s TV newsmen and women were ON IT. We at Billy Penn take great pride in our mode of television criticism: What’s more important than TV reporters’ outfits? Here’s what we saw.