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Philly city employees: Too many paycheck problems and not enough solutions

Four months after a new city payroll system was rolled out with immediate problems, workers are still getting inaccurate paychecks.

President Trump loves to brag about Wharton but Joe Biden is Penn’s big man on campus | Clout

The University of Pennsylvania spent more than $900,000 from 2017 to early 2019 to have Joe Biden play the big man on campus. But Penn does little to note its one graduate to become president, Donald Trump. His campaign has noticed that snub.

Philly budget plan OK’d despite concerns about next recession, OT spending

The city’s plan doesn’t account for an economic downturn to significantly affect revenue during the five-year period, while an economist hired by PICA predicted a recession may begin in the next two years.

Could progressives capture two Philly City Council seats long held by GOP?

Progressives running as independents are hoping to capitalize on the anti-Trump moment and unseat City Council's two at-large Republicans.

Marge Tartaglione, longtime Philly city commissioner, dies at 86

Tartaglione won her first citywide election in 1975, and for the next 35 years was an enduring presence in Philadelphia government and politics.

Mayor Jim Kenney sizes up the 2020 Democratic presidential field

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney offers his perspective on the Democratic front runners.

With South Philly refinery closing, questions about taxpayer subsidies that kept it going

The South Philadelphia refinery was on the brink of closing in 2012, but politicians scrambled to keep it open with the aid of taxpayer subsidies. Now some are questioning whether that was a good decision.

Philly’s proposed plastic bag ban could get derailed after last-minute budget move by GOP lawmakers

The Philadelphia City Council was considering banning plastic bags, but a Harrisburg Republican could derail that effort.