Bellevue Bulletin 04/26/2019: New Philly Stats and DA Krasner’s Budget
Welcome back to your weekly update from Bellevue!
First up, the Center City District released its annual State of the City report: a conglomeration of stays about where our city stands. In 2017, labor stats told us that there were 10,700 jobs created with in the year – in 2018, there were nearly 15,400 jobs. That’s economic good news, if you ask us. But – 25% of Philadelphia still remains in poverty. To read the full report or just get the fast facts, click here.
In the same vein, the Department of Labor and Industry released a report last week that the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has seen the unemployment rate decrease one-tenth of a percent this year, bringing the percentage point down to 3.9% unemployment. A record number! Along with that, the Department of Labor report read that a total of 4,000 jobs have been created across PA since February, totaling an increase of 0.8% the past year!
This past Wednesday in Philadelphia, DA Larry Krasner gave his testimony for the annual budget – an integral part of the annual process. During his speech, he took time to highlight some things that have changed since he took office. A primary part of Krasner’s campaign while running was a pledge to curb mass incarceration, and it seems that he’s making strides to do just that – in 2018, there saw a 46% decrease in the estimated total of years served behind bars than in the first three months of 2014. Overall, Krasner asked Council for $3 million for this upcoming fiscal year, a 7% increase over the funding for this year. See what he’s done and what he plans to do here!
Highlights from Philadelphia’s City Council this week include Councilmember Oh’s resolution, proclaiming the week of May 3rd, 2019 to May 11, 2019 as the 9th Annual Philly Tech Week, presented by Comcast, to honor the broad and vibrant technological community in Philadelphia. Councilmember Curtis Jones put forth a resolution calling for Council to hold hearings on the feasibility of the City of Philadelphia creating a lease-to-purchase housing program using city owned properties. He also put forth a resolution recognizing the employees of Philadelphia area prisons for the professional contributions and services; and naming the week of May 6, 2019 to May 10, 2019 as Correctional Employee Week.
That’s all for this week! Check back next week for more, or follow us on Twitter @PhillyAdvocates!