Bellevue Bulletin 04/19/2019: PA Budget Rally and Street Sweeping Hit Philly as Philadelphia Grows
Welcome back to your weekly update! Here’s the news for the week:
On Wednesday, a group of activists rallied in front of the Capitol building in Harrisburg for a $15/hr minimum wage; free and affordable college; increased funding for K-12 public ed, and assuring that PA’s communities of color are counted accurately in the upcoming 2020 Census. The groups represented at Wednesday’s rally were pro-immigrant group CASA, Make the Road PA, as well as ONE PA, among others. The new fiscal budget begins on July 1st, which means that PA Lawmakers have until midnight on June 30th to approve the budget, which may include a $12/hr minimum wage, an effort to work up to the proposed $15/hr. To read more about the budget and the rally on Wednesday, click here.
A few weeks ago, we told you about Mayor Kenney’s plan to bring mechanical street sweeping to six neighborhoods in Philadelphia – this plan is now fully in the works. The pilot program is part of a $2.3 million annual investment in street cleaning, in an effort to reduce litter and cut down on waste in the city. Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams said this about the pilot program: “Along with mechanical broom cleaning there will be sidewalk removal of litter and debris through backpack blowers and hand brooms. There will also be compactors used to remove illegally dumped materials,” Williams said. “Residents are not mandated to move their vehicles but we strongly encourage it so our broom cleaning can be most impactful removing litter from the curb lines.” (Quote courtesy of Philly Voice.)
For the 12th year in a row, Philadelphia has grown! According to the Census Bureau, Philadelphia has experienced a slight – but steady – incline in residents since the drop-off in the 1970s, when the city lost nearly half a million residents. The city’s peak was 2 million in 1950, and it’s slowly climbing back up towards that number. In 2018, there are approximately 1.5 million people living in Philadelphia! Philly is outpacing its surrounding suburban neighbors in growth – but this doesn’t mean that some people aren’t leaving. Check out this great article by Philly.com to see all the details about growth and decline in Philadelphia.
There was no stated meeting for Philadelphia City Council this week, but check here to see information on the 55 people who are running in the primaries on May 21st!