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CITY COUNCILS CALL ON PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS TO AVOID CUTTING SERVICES

As the federal government faces major decisions regarding our nation’s budget and fiscal policies, cities around the country are passing resolutions calling on the President and Congress to prioritize the revitalization of the economy, the creation of millions of new jobs, and a return to broadly-shared prosperity.

Led by members of Local Progress, the new national municipal policy network, over the past two weeks the cities of Baltimore, Cambridge, Chicago, Hallandale Beach, Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, and Yonkers have signaled their official support for a solution that avoids cuts to vital services for the most disadvantaged members of society or to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits and that raises crucial revenue from the wealthiest two percent of Americans.

“Unwise cuts to federal spending inevitably shift costs onto states and municipalities, which, unlike the federal government, cannot cope with them through deficit spending,” said Joe Moore, a Chicago City Council Alderman. “Cuts to funding for housing, community development, public health, and public safety will deprive millions of poor Americans of basic necessities like food, medicine, and a home in a safe community.” The resolution introduced by Moore was supported by all 50 Aldermen.

“The American economy continues its slow and inadequate recovery from the Great Recession; twenty million people want to work full time but cannot; and a weak economy undermines the nation’s social fabric and deprives future generations of the opportunity to live rich and fulfilling lives,” said Chuck Lesnick, the Yonkers City Council President. “We need growth, not austerity.”

GOODE becomes Founding Board Member of Local Progress

City Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr. traveled to the nation’s capital this weekend to discuss innovative ways that elected officials around the country are strengthening their local economies. Councilman Goode joined dozens of other officials from over thirty small towns and large cities to participate in the creation of Local Progress, a new national municipal policy network dedicated to “broadly-shared prosperity, equal justice under law, sustainable and livable cities, and good government that serves the public interest effectively.”

Goode serves as a Founding Board Member of Local Progress, and moderated the first policy discussion.

“I had a tremendous weekend meeting passionate public servants from around the country,” Goode said. “I was excited to both moderate and participate in a panel discussion on Economic Justice and to present my policy work. We had an exciting exchange of ideas on issues such as living wage jobs and community benefit agreements.”

Participants began the gathering with the discussion on the creation of good jobs. “We kicked it off with lively presentations about how cities can foster smart economic growth,” said Nick Licata, the Seattle City Councilmember who is chairing the Local Progress network. “Everyone agreed that we have to build an economy where workers are paid a living wage with adequate benefits, sick leave, and the security they need to support their families.”

The municipal legislators spoke optimistically about their vision for the coming decades. “A broad coalition of voters sent a powerful message on election day,” said Faith Winter, a councilmember from Westminster, CO. “Voters want government that works in the public interest – not just the interest of multinational corporations – and that treats everyone with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

Earned Sick Leave is Law

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Earned Sick Leave is Law - 5 GOODE Bills are successful

Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s EARNED SICK LEAVE STANDARD Bill is now law. The new ordinance will add an earned sick leave requirement to his Living Wage and Benefits Law. Covered employers shall provide to each full-time, non-temporary, non-seasonal covered employee at least the number of earned sick leave days that the employer would have been required to provide to such employees if the provisions of Bill No. 080474-AA, as passed by Council on June 16, 2011, had been enacted into law rather than vetoed by the Mayor. The Mayor did not veto Goode’s bill.

The employers described below shall comply with the minimum compensation standards.
(1) The City of Philadelphia, including all its agencies, departments and offices.
(2) For-profit Service Contractors, which receive or are subcontractors on contract(s) for $10,000 or more from the City in a twelve-month period, with annual gross receipts of more than $1,000,000.
(3) Non-profit Service Contractors which receive or are subcontractors on contract(s) from the City of more than $100,000 in a twelve-month period.
(4) Recipients of City leases, concessions, or franchises, or subcontractors thereof, which employ more than twenty-five (25) employees.
(5) City financial aid recipients. Compliance shall be required for a period of five (5) years following receipt of aid.
(6) Public agencies which receive contract(s) for $10,000 or more from the City in a twelve-month period.

4 GOODE Bills Move Forward

City Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee has approved my Earned Sick Leave Standard Bill to add an earned sick leave requirement to my Living Wage and Benefits Law. The Committee also approved three other measures.

The Earned Sick Leave Standard Bill would require that covered employers also provide to each full-time, non-temporary, non-seasonal covered employee, at least, the number of the earned sick leave days that the employer would have been required to provide to such employees if the provisions of Bill No. 080774-AA, as passed by Council on June 16, 2011, had been enacted into law. Bill No. 080774-AA was vetoed by the Mayor, so it was never enacted.

My Living Wage and Benefits Law requires City-supported employers to pay at least 150% of the federal minimum wage to its employees. It also mandates that if the employer provides healthcare benefits to any of its employees, the employer shall provide each full-time employee healthcare benefits at least as valuable as the basic healthcare benefits that are provided to the employer’s other full-time employees. There is an exemption for small businesses. Employers subject to the ordinance include:
(1) The City of Philadelphia, including all its agencies, departments and offices.

(2) For-profit Service Contractors, which receive or are subcontractors on contract(s) for $10,000 or more from the City in a twelve-month period, with annual gross receipts of more than $1,000,000.

(3) Non-profit Service Contractors which receive or are subcontractors on contract(s) from the City of more than $100,000 in a twelve-month period.

(4) Recipients of City leases, concessions, or franchises, or subcontractors thereof, which employ more than twenty-five (25) employees.

(5) City financial aid recipients. Compliance shall be required for a period of five (5) years following receipt of aid.

A GOODE blog blast from the past ... on school funding!

We've been here before - on different levels - it's time to choose the same priorities!

http://youngphillypolitics.com/node/2079

Mayor Nutter signs New Economic Opportunity Bills

Mayor Michael A. Nutter recently signed two bills into law that deal with both job creation and job quality. The two bills were crafted by City Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr., who has introduced sixty-five bills that have been approved by Philadelphia City Council since taking office in January 2000.

The Mayor signed the Job Creation Opportunity Extension Bill into law, extending a two-year employment stimulus program under which a credit against the City's business privilege taxes will be given to businesses that create new jobs within the City of Philadelphia. The businesses will receive a $3000 credit for each new job created for tax years 2012 and 2013, in addition to 2010 and 2011.

City Council approves New Economic Opportunity Bills

City Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr. has introduced sixty-five bills that have been approved by Philadelphia City Council since taking office in January 2000. The last two bills deal with both job creation and job quality. The 45 year-old Chairman of Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee formerly served as Vice President of Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation and as Economic Development Administrator for the Philadelphia Department of Commerce.

City Council has approved the Job Creation Opportunity Extension Bill, introduced by Councilman Goode, extending a two-year employment stimulus program under which a credit against the City's business privilege taxes will be given to businesses that create new jobs within the City of Philadelphia. The businesses will receive a $3000 credit for each new job created for tax years 2012 and 2013, in addition to 2010 and 2011.

City Council Committee extends Job Creation Opportunity

City Council’s Committee on Commerce & Economic Development has approved the “Job Creation Opportunity Extension Bill”, introduced by City Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr., extending a two-year employment stimulus program under which a credit against the City's business privilege taxes will be given to businesses that create new jobs within the City of Philadelphia. The businesses will receive a $3000 credit for each new job created for tax years 2012 and 2013, in addition to 2010 and 2011.

The Job Creation Tax Credit Program was established in May 2002 to encourage businesses to expand employment within the City of Philadelphia. It is based on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Job Creation Tax Credit program and offers a credit against the firm’s Business Privilege Tax liability for each new job created. The program can be utilized by companies of any type or size located anywhere in the city.

City Council Committee expands Wage & Benefits Law

City Council’s Committee on Commerce & Economic Development has approved the Leaseholder Wage and Benefits Bill, introduced by City Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr., to broaden the definition of employers subject to New Minimum Wage and Benefits Ordinance.

The Leaseholder Wage and Benefits Bill amends the New Minimum Wage and Benefits Ordinance to establish that a tenant or leaseholder of a City Financial Aid Recipient who occupies property or uses equipment or property that is improved or developed as a result of the City aid shall be considered a “City Financial Aid Recipient” and shall be covered for the same period as the City Financial Aid Recipient of which they are a tenant or leaseholder.

GOODE to extend Job Creation Tax Credit Opportunity

City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. has introduced the “Job Creation Opportunity Extension Bill”. The legislation extends a two-year employment stimulus program under which a credit against the City's business privilege taxes will be given to businesses that create new jobs within the City of Philadelphia. The businesses will receive a $3000 credit for each new job created for tax years 2012 and 2013, in addition to 2010 and 2011.

The Job Creation Tax Credit Program was established in May 2002 to encourage businesses to expand employment within the City of Philadelphia. It is based on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Job Creation Tax Credit program and offers a credit against the firm’s Business Privilege Tax liability for each new job created. The program can be utilized by companies of any type or size located anywhere in the city.

GOODE to expand Living Wage & Healthcare Benefits Law

After voters overwhelmingly approved the change to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter by more than a 7 to 3 margin last Tuesday, I decided to broaden the impact of the living wage and benefits standard ... so I introduced the Leaseholder Wage and Benefits Bill last Thursday to broaden the definition of employers subject to the New Minimum Wage and Benefits Ordinance.

The New Minimum Wage and Benefits Ordinance requires City-supported employers to pay at least 150% of the federal minimum wage to its employees. It also mandates that if the employer provides healthcare benefits to any of its employees, the employer shall provide each full-time employee healthcare benefits at least as valuable as the basic healthcare benefits that are provided to the employer’s other full-time employees. There is an exemption for small businesses. Employers subject to the ordinance include:

Vote DEMOCRAT. Vote YES!

The Philadelphia Daily News endorsed all ballot questions today - urging a "YES" vote.

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/20101101_DN_Editorial__How_to_vo...

I ask that you pay particular attention to Ballot Question # 1.

Support more livable wages and benefits!

VOTE YES on Ballot Question # 1

The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed all ballot questions today - urging a "YES" vote.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20101028_Inquirer_Editorial__Yes_...

I ask that you pay particular attention to Ballot Question # 1.

Support more livable wages and benefits!

VOTE for Wage and Benefits Ballot Question

VOTE November 2nd for the Wage and Benefits Ballot Question.

Should City Council be allowed to establish a local minimum wage and benefits standard?

YES!

Vote Yes on Ballot Question #1

I am urging you to vote YES on Ballot Question #1 to confirm City Council's authority to enact ordinances requiring economic opportunity plans.

This is not a symbolic measure - its purpose is to codify current and future "economic opportunity " ordinances within the Home Rule Charter without conflict with the Mayor's general authority with regard to non-competitively bid and professional services contracts.

It is my belief that business and workforce diversity goals, as well as living wage and benefit standards, should be applied to all contracts. Yet, the City's Law Department has, for years, maintained that any ordinance enacted by City Council is not legally enforceable with regard to non-competitively bid and professional services contracts unless specifically authorized by the Charter.

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