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Voters approve Charter Change for Diversity in City Contracting

Philadelphia Voters approve Charter Change
for Diversity in City Contracting

Philadelphia voters have overwhelmingly approved a change to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter that will require annual disparity analyses and participation goals for disadvantaged businesses in city contracting. According to a September 2006 report sent to City Council, businesses owned by white males received about $475 million or about 80% of the for-profit contract dollars to provide goods and services in the last fiscal year.

The Home Rule Charter will now require the Finance Director to issue an annual report that analyzes the participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in City contracts for the purchase of goods and services. The annual report must compare that participation to the percentage of qualified disadvantaged business enterprises available to participate in such contracts - and then set annual participation goals for those businesses in the coming year.

Vote YES on Ballot Questions!

Both Major Political Parties Encourage Voters to Support Philadelphia’s Election Day Ballot Questions

Despite their differences of opinion on the candidates running for office on November 7, the leaders of, both, the Philadelphia Republican Party and Philadelphia Democratic Party agree that both questions listed on the this year’s ballot should be approved by the voters.

On November 7, in addition to voting in the gubernatorial, US Senate, Pennsylvania General Assembly and Congressional races. Philadelphia voters will have an opportunity to pass judgment on two questions.

The first, a proposed amendment to the City of Philadelphia’s Home Rule Charter, will provide expanded opportunities for disadvantaged businesses owned by women, the disabled and minorities to participate in city contracts. Currently, women, who constitute 53.5 percent of the city’s population, and who own more than 24 percent of the city’s businesses, receive less than 7.60 percent of the city’s annual contract revenues. African Americans, Hispanics and Asians, who constitute 60.1 percent of the population and who own 24.1 percent of the city’s businesses, participate in less than 14.26 percent the city’s annual contract expenditure. The percentage of city contract participation by businesses owned by the disabled is currently less than one percent.

Goode will offer amendment to Municipal Candidate Bill

October 25, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Goode will offer amendment to New Municipal Candidate Bill
Alternative definition of "candidate" based on fundraising

(PHILADELPHIA, October 25, 2006)— City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. will offer an amendment to his New Municipal Candidate Bill at City Council's regularly scheduled session tomorrow. Goode, who was expected to call for a final vote on the bill, has decided to create an alternative definition of the term "candidate" which would cover individuals who have authorized fundraising for City elective office on their behalf, but have not publicly declared their candidacy or filed nominating papers or petitions to seek City elective office.

The definition would now include "An individual who authorizes a political committee, in writing, to raise funds on behalf of his or her candidacy for City elective office, on a form designed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, as prescribed by the Pennsylvania Election Code."

City Council Committee unanimously approves New Municipal Candidate Bill

City Council Committee approves New Municipal Candidate Bill
Full Council will vote on legislation next week

(PHILADELPHIA, October 19, 2006)— Philadelphia City Council’s Law & Government Committee has unanimously approved the New Municipal Candidate Bill introduced by City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. last month. The bill amends the campaign finance provisions of The Philadelphia Code in the following ways:

1) This bill defines what it means to be a “candidate” for City elective office consistent with legal opinions offered by the City Law Department.

2) This bill prohibits the acceptance of contributions in excess of the contribution limits.

3) This bill prohibits candidates from spending the amount of any contribution in excess of the contribution limits, including any excess contributions made before a person became a candidate.

October 19th Hearing on Campaign Finance Reform

City of Philadelphia
Public Hearing Notice
October 10, 2006

In compliance with the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, Act 93, 1998, the Committee on Law and Government of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing Thursday, October 19, 2006, at 9:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following item:

060629 An Ordinance amending and clarifying the campaign finance provisions of Chapter 20-1000 of The Philadelphia Code; in particular, defining, for purposes of the Chapter, what it means to be a "candidate" for City elective office; prohibiting the acceptance of contributions in excess of the contribution limits; prohibiting candidates from spending the amount of any contribution in excess of the contribution limits, including any excess contributions made before a person became a candidate; providing that if one candidate makes contributions of his or her own resources in excess of a specified amount to his or her own campaign, then the contribution limits for all other candidates will be increased; providing for enforcement, including the imposition of civil penalties, by the Board of Ethics; and making certain technical changes; all under certain terms and conditions.

GOODE targeting New Jobs for Ex-Offenders

City Council Committee approves New Job Creation Tax Credit
New law will offer $5000 per Job for hiring Ex-Offenders

(PHILADELPHIA, October 5, 2006)— City Council’s Commerce & Economic Development Committee has approved the Ex-Offender Employer Tax Credit Bill introduced by City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. last month. The new law will grant a $5,000-per job credit against City business privilege taxes to companies that create new jobs for ex-offenders within the city of Philadelphia. The existing law grants 2% of the annual wages paid, or $1000 per new job created, whichever is higher. The new job must pay at least 150% of the federal minimum wage. The existing program already has commitments for the creation of over 1700 jobs.

Councilman Goode said, “By increasing employment opportunities for ex-offenders, we are addressing one of the root causes of crime and violence in our city – economic frustration. Ex-offenders who do not find employment are three times more likely to recidivate into a pattern of criminal behavior. Businesses need to offer more jobs to ex-offenders, but we must give those businesses a better incentive.”

New Municipal Candidate Bill

This bill looks like an improvement to me... Dan

AN ORDINANCE

Amending and clarifying the campaign finance provisions of Chapter 20-1000 of The Philadelphia Code; in particular, defining, for purposes of the Chapter, what it means to be a “candidate” for City elective office; prohibiting the acceptance of contributions in excess of the contribution limits; prohibiting candidates from spending the amount of any contribution in excess of the contribution limits, including any excess contributions made before a person became a candidate; providing that if one candidate makes contributions of his or her own resources in excess of a specified amount to his or her own campaign, then the contribution limits for all other candidates will be increased; providing for enforcement, including the imposition of civil penalties, by the Board of Ethics; and making certain technical changes; all under certain terms and conditions.

GOODE targeting New Jobs for Ex-Offenders

GOODE targeting New Jobs for Ex-Offenders
New legislation proposes $5000 per Job for Employers

(PHILADELPHIA, August 13, 2006)— When City Council returns from summer recess, City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. will introduce the Ex-Offender Employer Tax Credit Bill. The bill will amend Goode’s existing Job Creation Tax Credit Law. The new legislation will grant a $5,000-per job credit against City business privilege taxes to companies that create new jobs for ex-offenders within the city of Philadelphia.

The existing law grants 2% of the annual wages paid, or $1000 per new job created, whichever is higher. The new jobs must pay at least 150% of the federal minimum wage. The Revenue Department has commitments from companies to create over 1700 jobs under the existing program which began a few years ago.

Will Smith’s "5-Person Solution"

Saturday, July 22 brought dozens of celebrities to Philadelphia’s Youth Study Center as part of the Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Weekend. The weekend event was in its third year but came at a time when the city is increasingly concerned with gun violence. This year, it also came with the appearance of Will Smith, a homegrown talent and mega-star in music, television and movies. Several celebrities addressed the young people who are detained at the center because of criminal activity.

The young star of "Everybody Hates Chris" told his peers to find something that they enjoy and want to do – and to do that, not crime. A former female rapper also told them to learn how to be alone – to stand on their own - before bowing to peer pressure to do something wrong. A gospel singer pointed to faith in God as the solution to the problems that they might be facing. And Tisha Campbell, star of "Martin" and "My Wife and Kids", in a repeat appearance at the youth center, reminded the crowd that she was the child of a substance abuser and that she was also raped when she was young. She told them that they can overcome bad childhood experiences too.

ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Living above Minimum Standards

On Sunday, July 9, Governor Edward G. Rendell made us proud. The former mayor of Philadelphia signed a new state minimum wage bill into law. Thanks to the work of State Senators Tartaglione and Hughes, State Representative Cohen, John Dodds and the highly effective Minimum Wage Coalition, as well as others - Pennsylvania did the right thing!

But over a year ago, on May 25, 2005, Mayor John F. Street also signed the Philadelphia 21st Century Minimum Wage Standard Bill into law. The local law which I crafted will require City-supported employers to pay at least 150% of the state minimum wage to its employees. This wage standard was already established under both local and state job creation tax credit programs. Under my 2005 local law, our minimum wage standard for covered City-supported employees will eventually move to $10.72 with the enactment of the new state law.

Fair lending fight goes to Supreme Court

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided to hear a landmark case in the fight for fair lending across this nation. The Court will consider whether the state of Michigan can regulate Wachovia Corporation’s mortgage lending within its jurisdiction. Wachovia argues that it is a national bank regulated by the U. S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and that its subsidiaries are not subject to state rules.

The Bush Administration adopted Wachovia’s argument and lobbied against the Court taking the case - but forty-two states and the District of Columbia fought for the case to be heard in order to protect consumers from unfair lending practices. Several states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and North Carolina have similar rules to Michigan for mortgage lending. In fact, there have been several court cases within those jurisdictions involving a variety of financial institutions.

STREET signs GOODE Charter Change Legislation

Mayor John F. Street has signed charter change legislation that I sponsored which will require annual disparity analyses and participation goals for disadvantaged businesses in city contracting. The measure, crafted to increase minority and women business participation, will now be placed on the November 2006 general election ballot for voter approval. According to a March 2006 report sent to City Council from the Finance Director, minority and women businesses collectively received less than 22% of for-profit contract dollars in the last fiscal year. The City did over $600 million dollars in for-profit contracts for goods and services - with businesses owned by white males receiving over 78% of total contract dollars.

The ballot question will ask whether the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter should be amended to require the Finance Director to issue an annual report that analyzes the participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in City contracts for the purchase of goods and services. The annual report must compare that participation to the percentage of qualified disadvantaged business enterprises available to participate in such contracts - and then set annual participation goals for those businesses in the coming year.

City Council Committee approves Minority Participation Legislation

City Council’s Law & Government Committee has approved charter change legislation (a bill and resolution) that will require annual disparity analyses and participation goals for disadvantaged businesses. If approved by two-thirds of Council, the measure will be placed on the November 2006 ballot.

The ballot question will ask whether the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter should be amended to require the Finance Director to issue an annual report that analyzes the participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in City contracts for the purchase of goods and services.

To briefly outline the purpose for the bill and resolution:

The resolution would amend the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter related to the Powers and Duties of the Finance Director. The amendment would require the Finance Director to file with the Mayor a written report on disadvantaged business enterprises, at least 30 days before the start of each fiscal year. The report shall include:

GOODE releases Newest Data on Fair Lending

The Office of City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. has released findings from the second of two comprehensive studies of lending disparities commissioned by Philadelphia City Council. Both studies were conducted by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) pursuant to a resolution offered by Councilman Goode in June.

NCRC states, in the report’s executive summary, that the City’s program of requiring lending goals from banks receiving City deposits has boosted their performance in making home loans available to working class communities - but that City depositories need to improve their performance in small business lending.

Although home loans became more available, African-Americans still received only 22.8 percent of all home loans in 2004 - up from 19.2 percent in 2003 - while African-Americans comprised 44.8 percent of the city’s population.

GOODE introduces Minority Participation Bill

GOODE introduces Minority Participation Bill

City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. has introduced charter change legislation that will require annual disparity analyses and participation goals for disadvantaged businesses. If approved by City Council, the measure will be placed on the November 2006 ballot.

The ballot question will ask whether the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter should be amended to require the Finance Director to issue an annual report that analyzes the participation of minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and other disadvantaged business enterprises in City contracts for the purchase of goods and services. The annual report must compare that participation to the percentage of qualified disadvantaged business enterprises available to participate in such contracts - and then set annual participation goals for those businesses in the coming year.

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