Newsletter for Thursday, Dec. 24
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Probably not the White Christmas you were dreaming of, but hey. Photo via @mikesmith on Instagram.
NO BUDGET YET, THOUGH ONE AWAITS WOLF’S SIGNATURE
Another day, another budget deal collapse… with a bit of a twist. Yesterday the House GOP decided it wasn’t going along with its leadership’s plan to pass the $30.6 billion budget that Governor Tom Wolf and the state Senate favored — one that restores a bunch of money cut from education and human services programs. Instead, the House passed a $30.3 billion plan, and the Senate dusted off its version of that, and sent it to the Governor’s desk. He hasn’t signed it, but unlike some of the other times we’ve dealt with this drama, he hasn’t promised to veto it, either. What’s it mean if it passes? The Wolf-favored budget provided $350 million for schools — and the smaller, GOP-led one provides $150 million. The Patriot-News has more on the mess.
The Moo Shu Jew Show was created for Jews to enjoy Christmas time. Enjoy this dinner at a show while your non-Jewish friends frantically wrap last-minute gifts.
Where: Ocean Harbor at 1023 Race St. 19107
When: December 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $75 in advance, $85 at the door
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE YEAR IN PHILLY EDUCATION, FROM BUDGET PROBLEMS TO A BIG MERGER
As Philadelphia continues to promote itself on the national stage, education remains an issue that could decide whether the growth and the good vibes continue. And 2015 came with some good news and bad news for city schools. The school district certainly wasn’t helped by the ongoing budget crisis, but Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has made bold promises about changing our education system. Meanwhile, our institutions of higher ed are generally thriving. It’s been a busy year in Philly education.
IT’S PHILLY’S FIRST YEAR WITHOUT THAT SANTA WE SNOWBALLED
This Christmas will be Philadelphia’s first without the Santa who has been an integral part of its sports history for five decades. Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got booed by fans and pelted by snowballs when he was 20 years old in 1968, died this April. He was 66 and had been suffering from diabetes and heart disease the last several years. For his efforts, the Eagles never paid him — though years later, he did receive a watch and a pair of cufflinks. This is his story.