Bellevue Bulletin 03/22/2019: World News and Governor Wolf’s Budget
Welcome back ladies and gentlemen – happy Friday! Here’s everything you need to know this week:
As far as world politics is concerned, European Union officials have agreed to extend the deadline for Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc until May 22. This is in an effort to make sure that Britain doesn’t leave the EU without a deal, trying to avoid a potentially disastrous exit.
New Zealand was swift in their action to ban assault-style rifles like the one used in the devastating Christchurch shooting, but that’s not all. In addition to the assault rifle ban, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has “pledged to hold social media platforms accountable for letting the speech thrive of their platforms”. Since Thursday, two people have been charged in New Zealand with spreading the killer’s video of part of the attack.
In Philadelphia news, Governor Tom Wolf traveled to Taggart Elementary School in South Philly this past week to speak about his proposed four-year $4.5 billion “Restore Pennsylvania” initiative. The goal is to fix crumbling school and repair storm damage, as well as expand high-speed internet across the state. Philadelphia is a specific point of contention, with its 200 aging district schools – Wolf’s team estimates that it will cost upward of $100 million to repair and remove the lead paid and other perils. Wolf’s current plan to fund the initiative is a “modest severance tax” on natural gas extraction. However, in a Republican-lead Assembly, the proposed severance tax is sparking lots of backlash, despite the fact that the tax would generate more than $300 million per year. The outcome remains to be seen.
This week in City Council, Councilmember Domb kicked off the day by leading a presentation honoring Vernon Odom as he retires from his position as a reporter from 6ABC after 42 years. Following that, Councilmember Blackwell lead a presentation proclaiming March 2019 as Social Work Month and encouraging all Philadelphians to support the social work profession. Finally, Councilmember Gym put forth a resolution declaring March 31st, 2019 as Transgender Day of Visibility in the City of Philadelphia.
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