Happy Wednesday, folks. Looking ahead today, the Senate and House are poised to finalize the biggest overhaul of the country's tax laws in more than three decades. Looking ahead to the weekend…let's try to focus on the joy of the holiday season.
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Before a flurry of relatives and gift wrapping takes over, consider adding this to your to-do list: seeing nine of Philly's must-visit spots for holiday lights.
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Early this morning the Senate passed the GOP's sweeping tax bill and the House looks to pass it (again, on a re-vote) today, a change that will impact every member of the U.S. economy. The bill gives big tax cuts to the wealthy and businesses; middle-income families will see more modest cuts. The bill will also add $1.46 trillion to the nation's debt over the next decade.
The GOP is looking for a "win" ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, but most nonpartisan analysts and voters have little confidence in the bill's many promises. Republicans say Americans will warm up to it once they see their new paychecks, though most won't see the full effects until they do their 2019 taxes, post-midterms.
But the bill isn't just about taxes: it also repeals the individual insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act and allows drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Refford was in the bike lane when she was hit by a box truck at the intersection of 13th and Pine streets, less than three weeks after Emily Fredricks was killed in a bike lane on 11th Street on her way to work.
Cycling advocates have petitioned the city for bike safety upgrades, requesting they speed up installation of bike-friendly infrastructure. The city's response? We can't move any faster.
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