Newsletter for Friday, Nov. 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A little, lonely leaf at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; photo via @sarahdhosan on Instagram.
THE BILLS ARE IN: THE POPE VISIT COST THE CITY $17M
The city’s budget director has finally released details on how much the city spent to host Pope Francis for a weekend back in September: $17 million is the magic number. That represents $5 million more than the Nutter administration projected city departments would spend to host the Pope. The major difference comes from the police department, which had estimated costs at $4.9 million for the weekend, but wound up costing about $9.3 million. A detailed, final invoice of costs is apparently still being put together. The Inquirer has details on what the city paid, and how the World Meeting of Families will reimburse it.
WHY DEMS, GOP WANT COPS’ NAMES OUT OF SHOOTING REPORTS
As state Republicans and Democrats acrimoniously attempt to pass a budget five months past due, a piece of legislation that runs counter to police department policies across the country has rapidly gained bipartisan support. This week, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would make it illegal for the police department or other public officials to name a police officer involved in a shooting before an investigation concludes. The bill, introduced by freshman Philly Republican Martina White, gained unanimous support from the Republicans and Democrats in that committee. Here’s why it’s moving so quickly.
Live New Orleans jazz will play at the former Charles Maas Brewery in Northern Liberties to provide a soundtrack for bites and sips from over a dozen local vendors at the third edition of Noshhh. Sample holiday-themed cheese from Tria, booze from La Colombe, snack from Wok Works and treats from Chocamo Cookies plus more.
Where: Maas Building at 1325 Randolph St.
When: November 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
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SALES TAX 101: WHY IT’S CHANGING AFTER 47 YEARS
The 6 percent sales tax has been a bedrock of life in the Keystone State for 47 years. The last time it was raised back in 1968, the average cost of a gallon of gas was 34 cents; a gallon of milk was $1.07; a movie ticket was $1.50. The budget deal raises that sales tax that’s been around for so long to 7.25 percent, and in Philadelphia it would rise to 9.25 percent because the city already has an additional 2 percent sales tax compared to the rest of the state (save for Pittsburgh, which has its own 1 percent tacked on.) That additional cash is supposed to bring in $2 billion that will be used to pay for property tax reductions. Here’s what we know about the logic behind the sales tax hike.
THESE GOP SENATORS WENT TO THE DOGS
On Wednesday, a dozen or so dogs trained at the PennVet Working Dog Center in Grays Ferry and showed off their search, agility and location skills to a particularly interested crowd. It was Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which doles out funds to programs like this one. Here’s some adorable pictures and video from the photo op.