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Councilman Goode's blog
City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. has a new proposal – he will not introduce the charter change resolution and companion bill that would reduce the number of Councilmembers from 17 to 15, and the number of at-large Councilmembers from 7 to 5. Instead, Councilman Goode will introduce legislation next week that will permit each party to nominate six candidates and give each elector the right to vote for six Councilmembers at large. The number of Councilmembers would remain 17, and the number of at-large members would remain 7 – but each party would get another nomination and each voter would get an extra vote.
When City Council returns from summer recess in two weeks, City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. will introduce charter change legislation that would reduce the number of City Council members that will take office in January 2012, sixty years after the charter took effect.
The charter change resolution and companion bill would reduce the number of Councilmembers from 17 to 15, and the number of at-large Councilmembers from 7 to 5.
The Mayor’s Commission on Construction Industry Diversity has just held its first public hearing to take testimony on race and gender discrimination in Philadelphia regarding economic participation. The goal of the public hearing process is to make real-life experiences a part of the public record which will lead to a report due in September that will be delivered to the Mayor and City Council. Most of the commission’s work will focus on workforce utilization, which is also the subject matter of hearings to be convened by City Council after the report is due. Somewhat obscured in the process is the fact that workforce utilization is only one part of the economic participation equation, diversity in business contracting matters as well – if not more.
City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. has introduced the CDC Tax Credit Expansion Bill. The legislation expands Goode’s CDC Tax Credit Program, which gives tax credits to businesses that contribute to community development corporations (CDCs) engaged in neighborhood economic development.
The CDC Tax Credit Expansion Bill would expand the program from 25 to 30 partnerships - with businesses contributing $1 million over 10 years for a full credit against business privilege tax liability. The expanded program would bring at least $5 million more in private investment to Philadelphia’s economically distressed communities over the next decade – but the return on the investment is more likely to exceed $10 million.
Today, when Michael Nutter signed Wilson Goode, Jr.’s Business Tax Reform Bill - it was the third bill to become law from Goode’s Economic Opportunity Legislative Package, consisting of three bills introduced on January 24.
In fact, the Business Privilege Tax Reform Ordinance, unanimously passed by Philadelphia City Council, was Goode’s 46th piece of legislation to be signed into law during his tenure. Ironically, Goode has offered only one piece of legislation that failed in City Council, and it failed by only one vote – in an earlier attempt, four years ago, to eliminate the business gross receipts tax by 2009. The new ordinance will eliminate the gross receipts portion of the City’s business privilege tax by the year 2017. Goode believes that taxing businesses on both gross receipts and net income is an impediment to job growth, as well as an excessive burden for small disadvantaged businesses.
Mayor Michael A. Nutter has signed the New Minimum Wage and Benefits Bill introduced by Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr. on January 24, 2008 into law.
The New Minimum Wage and Benefits Ordinance will require City-supported employers to pay at least 150% of the federal minimum wage to its employees as of July 2009, and to the extent that the Employer provides health benefits to any of its employees, the Employer shall provide each full-time Employee health benefits at least as valuable as the basic health benefits that are provided to the Employer’s other full-time employees.
Under Goode’s 2005 landmark living wage legislation, City-supported employers must now pay at least 150% of the state minimum wage (which currently amounts to at least $10.72 per hour for City-covered workers) but there was no standard set for minimum benefits.
PHILLY FIRST Civil Service Question
to be placed on November 4th Ballot
Philadelphia City Council has approved PHILLY FIRST Civil Service Legislation, introduced by Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr., for a charter change question to be placed on the November 4 general election ballot at the time of the presidential election.
There shall be placed on the ballot the following question to be answered “Yes” or “No” by the qualified electors participating in the election:
Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to require that those candidates seeking civil service positions who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score?
CITY COUNCIL approves New Minimum Wage and Benefits Standard
(Philadelphia, April 17, 2008) – Philadelphia City Council has unanimously approved the New Minimum Wage and Benefits Bill introduced by Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr. on January 24, 2008.
The New Minimum Wage and Benefits Bill will require City-supported employers to pay at least 150% of the federal minimum wage to its employees as of July 2009, and to the extent that the Employer provides health benefits to any of its employees, the Employer shall provide each full-time Employee health benefits at least as valuable as the basic health benefits that are provided to the Employer’s other full-time employees.
GOODE will introduce PHILLY FIRST Civil Service Legislation
Charter change would give bona fide 1 year residents a “tie breaker” over others
City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. will introduce PHILLY FIRST Civil Service Legislation at City Council’s March 27 stated meeting.
The proposed amendment to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter relating to civil service regulations provides that, when eligible lists for appointments and promotions are established, those persons who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the examination shall prevail over all others who receive the identical test score.
City Council approves 1st Bill in Goode’s Economic Package
Business Diversity Ranking of City Departments and Agencies to be Law
Philadelphia City Council has unanimously approved the first bill in City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s Economic Opportunity Legislative Package. The package consists of three bills introduced on January 24, 2008.
City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. will introduce an Economic Opportunity Legislative Package, consisting of three new bills, at City Council’s first stated meeting after being sworn-in on January 7.
The first bill is a New Minimum Wage and Benefits Bill that would require City-supported employers to pay at least 150% of the federal minimum wage to its employees as of July 2009, while also being required to offer full-time employees the same health benefits that are provided to other full-time employees. Under Goode’s 2005 landmark living wage legislation, City-supported employers must now pay at least 150% of the state minimum wage but there is no standard set for minimum benefits. In July of 2009, the federal minimum wage is set to exceed the state minimum wage - and the new legislation would require covered employees in Philadelphia to be paid at least $10.88 per hour, with comparable health benefits for full-time employees.
Let me first thank Dan and Jennifer for their thoughtful posts and all those who offered supportive comments to me and my family. I do appreciate them.
I am breaking my silence on this issue - with just a few words (less than 600). :)
On January 7, I had the honor and pleasure to stand with Michael A. Nutter, a former City Council colleague, as he took the oath of office to become Mayor. It was an honor that took place after I was sworn-in to my third term on Philadelphia City Council. I was among the first to hug the new Mayor, which I did with sincere pride. Not just because he became the first African-American Mayor to succeed another African-American Mayor, but because I know Michael A. Nutter has the potential to be a great mayor. I called him “Mr. Mayor” instead of “Mike”.
The next time I talked with Mayor Nutter was slightly over 100 hours into his new term. I called “Mike” to inform him of a police shooting that took place two hours before which resulted in the death of my 24-year-old cousin, Timothy Jerome Goode. Mayor Nutter asked for his name - and I responded “Timothy Goode”. Immediately, he recognized that this police shooting would be highly publicized. I informed the Mayor that my family would be focused on two primary pieces of evidence - the autopsy that would confirm whether my cousin was shot in the back twice and video surveillance footage of the shooting incident.
As documented, there were 110 police shootings in 2006 that resulted in 22 people losing their lives. I don’t know their story - but the police shooting of Timothy Jerome Goode is a story that is evolving into a case of “mistaken identity”. Timothy, known as “Tee”, has been characterized in the media as a suspected drug dealer who pointed a gun at police before he was shot. The evidence presented publicly thus far shows that he was shot in the back twice but there is no video footage of the incident although police surveillance cameras were positioned in the area.
Hundreds of people attended Tee’s funeral, not because he was the grand-nephew of a former Mayor or the second-cousin of a third-term at-large councilman. Many were family members who are not impressed with that fact, others were friends who were impressed with Tee - and heart-broken over his death. Timothy “Tee” Goode’s obituary reads quite different than the media portrayal of him by the police department.
Timothy Jerome Goode is remembered by those that knew him as an honor roll student that was valedictorian of his 2001 graduating class at Mercy Vocational High School. He accomplished that by ranking #1.
Timothy studied business in college, received a diploma as an electrician, and completed coursework to obtain a real estate license. Tee was also an accomplished musician and artist who intended to build a studio.
The police shooting of Timothy Jerome Goode was a case of “mistaken identity”. Tee was probably mistaken for someone who had nothing to live for - but he wasn’t a high school dropout, he was a valedictorian. Tee was to become a father for the first time this spring. He was running for his life - and into a brighter future - until he was mistaken for not having one.
At 97% of the vote count, I placed first in 37 of the 66 wards in the City Council At-Large race.
GOODE - 37
Kenney - 12
Green - 10
Rizzo - 6
Greenlee - 1
THANK YOU to all that supported my re-election.
I consider this to be a political mandate to push my economic opportunity agenda to another level.
Again, THANK YOU!
My name is W. Wilson Goode, Jr.
I am the youngest At-Large Member of Philadelphia City Council. I was first elected 8 years ago at the age of 34.
Today - on Election Day - I ask for your vote - and I promise to get even better at what I do.
As you consider the At-Large race, I ask you to vote for the five best candidates to work collaboratively with our new Mayor - Michael Anthony Nutter.
We need progressive members of City Council with their own good ideas - but who can also be team players in cooperative efforts to tackle this City's tough problems.
I am up for this challenge - blending experience with a renewed sense of enthusiasm.
Do Goode At- Large - push button #1 for the entire Democratic Ticket - or #122 if you are making individual selections.
Believe it or not, I do need your vote.
New legislation offers $10,000 Tax Credit or Grant for hiring Ex-Offenders
(PHILADELPHIA, November 1, 2007)— Philadelphia City Council has unanimously approved the Philadelphia Re-Entry Employment Program (“PREP”) Bill introduced by City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. this fall. The legislation augments Goode’s existing Job Creation Tax Credit Law – which is helping to create over 2500 new jobs - with a new initiative created by former councilman and Democratic Mayoral Nominee Michael A. Nutter. The new legislation will grant a $10,000-per job credit against City business privilege taxes for 3 years to companies that create new jobs for ex-offenders – but the company must agree to provide tuition support for the education or training of each qualifying employee. The PREP Bill, as amended, will now also offer a $10,000 grant to non-profit organizations in lieu of the tax credit.