Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver his budget address for fiscal year 2021 today. The $5.2 billion proposal will include a new investment to make Community College of Philadelphia free for thousands of city residents. Out in the Philly suburbs, Democratic voters are working to decide which candidate has the best chance against President Donald Trump. Maybe they’ll find their answer in how similar areas across the country voted on Super Tuesday. We also wrap up the latest updates from Pennsylvania and New Jersey officials on testing for coronavirus in our region.
Today, during his budget presentation, Mayor Kenney will propose a new investment in students who attend Community College of Philadelphia: $63 million in scholarships over five years that will make it tuition-free for thousands of people.
City residents from low- and moderate-income families and who graduated from a Philly high school will be eligible. City officials estimate the move will help about 6,500 students in the next five years and 2,300 in 2020-21 alone — nearly half of the college’s full-time enrollment in fall 2019.
My colleague Jonathan Tamari traveled to Virginia on Super Tuesday and spoke with Bill Huss — a self-described Christian conservative who is not a fan of President Trump. This week, he voted for Joe Biden as he searches for a Democrat (not Bernie Sanders, he says) who can defeat Trump.
In Pennsylvania, Democrats rely on these suburbs to offset Republicans’ strength in rural areas. Biden’s wins in areas like these are beginning to draw into question which candidate can attract the broadest array of support nationwide. A little further out on Thursday, Trump will attend a Fox News town hall event in Biden’s hometown — a part of Pennsylvania where Democrats are on defense.
Yesterday’s violence hit close to home for teachers and toddlers at a nearby day-care center who heard the gunfire and saw a young man lying in pain on the sidewalk. “He was screaming, ‘Help me, help me! Don’t let me die!’ He was hysterical,” the center’s owner said.
Authorities are investigating to see if the three shootings are linked. An outreach worker with the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network says a peace rally is being organized for the neighborhood.
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“Black people can be a lot of things. We can be rude. We can be wrong. We can be loud. We can be bigots. We can even discriminate. But we cannot be racist.” — Columnist Elizabeth Wellington examines recent accusations of racism against a black entrepreneur.