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City Council Term Limit Legislation

City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr., primary sponsor of the City’s first campaign finance law, introduced charter change legislation that would limit the amount of successive terms that can be served as a member of Philadelphia City Council.

The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter would be amended to provide that members of City Council shall be limited to three successive four-year terms, or one succeeding four-year term if elected in 2011.

Councilman Goode said, “The odds of being employed as a legislator in the United States are 1 in 2091.”

GOODE New Jobs in 2010 and 2011

With rising unemployment nationally, along with declining wage tax revenue locally, there will be an urgent shift in public policy focus toward job creation in the near future.

City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. already made his move. In January, he introduced the “New Philadelphia Jobs Tax Credit Ordinance”. The legislation, unanimously approved and signed into law in June, established 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 for the next two years. The businesses will receive a $3000 credit for each new job created for tax years 2010 and 2011.

Goode’s 55th Bill approved by City Council

Philadelphia City Council has unanimously approved Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s 55th bill to become law. Councilman Goode has had legislation approved at each of the last four City Council meetings.

The most recent legislation will add Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to the City’s Vacant Property Review Committee. National LISC was established in 1980 and today is the largest community development intermediary in the United States. In Philadelphia, the result has been 6,538 new housing units for lower income families and 1.37 million square feet of new commercial space and community facilities. Additionally, Philadelphia LISC's investments have leveraged $670 million in total development costs.

GOODE’s 3rd Economic Opportunity Enforcement Bill

Philadelphia City Council has unanimously approved Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s 2009 Depository Compliance Bill. It is the third economic opportunity enforcement bill offered by Goode to be approved this fall.

The 2009 Depository Compliance Bill enforces Goode’s Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Ordinance, which requires City depositories to annually submit goals for lending in low and moderate-income communities, as well as a long-term strategic plan to address any lending disparities disclosed in an annual study.

Last week, City Council unanimously approved Goode’s Living Wage & Benefits Enforcement Legislation, empowering City Council to bring debarment charges against city contractors for failure to comply with the City’s minimum wage and healthcare benefits standard.

City Council Committee expands VPRC

Within two weeks of the City Controller’s release of an audit of the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI), there is legislative action on vacant property management reform.

Philadelphia City Council’s Public Property & Public Works Committee has approved Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s New VPRC Bill, introduced last spring. The legislation will add Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to the City’s Vacant Property Review Committee (VPRC).

LISC is a national organization with a community focus. The program staff is based in every city and many of the rural areas where LISC-supported community development takes shape. In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC staff help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.

“LISC will bring new technical and financial capacity to our vacant property management reform efforts” Councilman Goode said.

GOODE Living Wage & Healthcare Benefits Enforcement

Philadelphia City Council has unanimously approved Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s Living Wage & Benefits Enforcement Legislation, empowering City Council to bring debarment charges against city contractors for failure to comply with the City’s minimum wage and healthcare benefits standard.

The New Minimum Wage and Benefits Ordinance, which took effect on July 1, 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:

The City of Philadelphia, including all its agencies, departments and offices.

City Council Committee axes 3 banks as City Depositories

Philadelphia City Council’s Finance Committee has approved Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s 2009 Depository Compliance Bill. The legislation will remove three banks from the authorized list of city depositories.

The 2009 Depository Compliance Bill enforces Goode’s Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Ordinance, which requires City depositories to annually submit goals for lending in low and moderate-income communities, as well as a long-term strategic plan to address any lending disparities disclosed in an annual study.

Three banks – Advance, Mellon and Sovereign – did not comply with the Goode ordinance. The banks that will remain as city depositories have complied with the Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Law, and have committed to making about 10,000 small business, home mortgage, home improvement and home refinance loans in low and moderate income neighborhoods.

GOODE Economic Opportunity Enforcement

Philadelphia City Council has unanimously approved Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s Economic Opportunity Enforcement Legislation, empowering City Council to bring debarment charges against city contractors for failure to make best and good faith efforts to implement economic opportunity plans.

The Philadelphia Code amendment will provide that Council may, by resolution, determine that there are reasonable grounds to believe that a participant, contractor, project developer, or applicant for or recipient of financial assistance has failed to comply with the economic opportunity provisions and should be subject to debarment.

Council Committee approves GOODE Contractor Debarment Legislation

GOODE Economic Opportunity Enforcement

Philadelphia City Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee has unanimously approved Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s Economic Opportunity Enforcement Legislation, empowering City Council to bring debarment charges against city contractors for failure to make best and good faith efforts to implement economic opportunity plans.

The Philadelphia Code amendment will provide that Council may, by resolution, determine that there are reasonable grounds to believe that a participant, contractor, project developer, or applicant for or recipient of financial assistance has failed to comply with the economic opportunity provisions and should be subject to debarment.

The Nutter Administration testified in support of the legislation.

GOODE to reduce list of City depositories

City Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr. will introduce the 2009 Depository Compliance Bill at the September 24 meeting. The bill would reduce the number of banks authorized to receive city deposits from twelve to nine.

The 2009 Depository Compliance Bill will enforce Goode’s Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Ordinance, which requires City depositories to annually submit goals for lending in low and moderate-income communities, as well as a long-term strategic plan to address any lending disparities disclosed in an annual study.

The banks that will remain as city depositories have complied with the Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Law, and have committed to making over 10,000 small business, home mortgage, home improvement and home refinance loans in low and moderate income neighborhoods. The financial impact of those commitments is hundreds of millions of dollars.

GOODE Living Wage & Healthcare Benefits Enforcement

City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. has introduced Living Wage & Healthcare Benefits Enforcement Legislation, including two bills and a resolution, empowering City Council to bring debarment charges against city contractors for failure to comply with the City’s minimum wage and healthcare benefits standard.

The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter amendment would confirm Council’s power to enact ordinances that require City contractors and recipients of City financial assistance to provide their employees a minimum level of pay and healthcare benefits. 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.

GOODE Economic Opportunity Enforcement

City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. has introduced Economic Opportunity Enforcement Legislation, including two bills and a resolution, empowering City Council to bring debarment charges against city contractors for failure to make best and good faith efforts to implement economic opportunity plans.

The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter amendment would confirm Council’s power to enact ordinances that require City contractors and recipients of City financial assistance to submit and comply with economic opportunity plans addressing the participation of disadvantaged business enterprises and workforce diversity. It would also provide remedies for violations, including debarment from doing business with the City or receiving City financial assistance for a specified period of time.

GOODE Pushes Forward

(Philadelphia, June 11, 2009) – City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. continues to push forward with new legislation this year. The third-term councilman has now introduced more than 50 bills that have - or will - become law, over almost a decade of legislative service.

The Diversity Track Record Ordinance, introduced by Councilman Goode this year, created new requirements related to the submission of an Economic Opportunity Plan. The Economic Opportunity Plans, required under Title 17 of the Philadelphia Code, will now contain a statement from the contractor, developer and/or recipient of financial assistance summarizing past practices to develop diversity at any/all levels of its organization including, but not limited to, Board and management positions. This statement would also summarize strategic business plans specific to current or past practices of DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise) utilization on government and non-government projects.

GOODE Economic Investment Legislation Approved

City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s Economic Investment Package was approved by the Council’s Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. The third-term councilman, and chair of the committee, has introduced more than 50 bills to become law.

The New Philadelphia Job Creation Tax Credit Ordinance amends the 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 2010 and 2011.

The New Economic Partnership Ordinance amends the program providing a credit for contributions to community development corporations (CDCs) to allow two businesses to apply jointly for the credit.

The DCED Main Street Funding Ordinance authorizes the Commerce Director to file
an application with the Commonwealth's Department of Community and Economic

Mayor Nutter signs Diversity Track Record Law

Mayor Michael A. Nutter has signed the Diversity Track Record Bill, introduced by City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr., into law. The ordinance creates new requirements related to the submission of an Economic Opportunity Plan.

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