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September 23, 2010

Too Little Auto Insurance?

MINIMUM auto-insurance liability requirement hasn’t been increased in 19 years and has fallen way behind inflation, argued State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) at a Senate Policy Committee hearing in City Hall this morning on his pending legislation, SB 1460. So victims are getting stiffed now. Hughes’ bill would double this limit, to $60,000 for two or more persons. Hughes was joined by his colleague Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), left.

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FAIR ENOUGH, responded witness Sam Marshall, testifying for Insurance Federation of Penna. But average minimum rates would go up 15%, he estimated. Lawmakers, he said, must balance risk to public from underinsured drivers, against risk bottom-end drivers would react by dropping all insurance and driving illegally.

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Hughes: Congress Needs To Extend Job Funding S

tate Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-

Congress pass the funding for this im-

“Way to Work” initiative was coordi-

W. Phila.) called on the US

portant program before recessing --

nated and administered by the State

Congress yesterday to swiftly

and keep Pennsylvanians working in

Depts. of Welfare and Labor & Indus-

productive and quality jobs.”


pass legislation that would extend Federal stimulus dollars for job creation.

Hughes, along with State Sens. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Christine

The funding, from the Temporary As-

Tartaglione (D-Kensington), have

sistance for Needy Families Emer-

worked to draft a resolution support-

gency Contingency Fund, has been

ing quick action to extend these con-

used to fund the State’s successful

tingency funds and keep

“Way to Work” program, which has

Pennsylvanians working.

helped put an estimated 20,000 people to work by covering 100 percent of

Several months ago, Hughes and his

gross wages for private and non-profit

Senate Democratic colleagues pro-


posed a package of bills to create jobs


and generate employment opportuni-

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Unless Congress acts quickly, this


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“Now is not the time for Congress to

eral funding to create more than

turn its back on helping people find

40,000 transitional jobs over the next

jobs,” Hughes said. “It is essential that

two years for adults and youth. The

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home, but that hasn't stopped her from continuing her fulltime work in Northwest Philadelphia and throughout the 2nd Dist., explaining to constituents and helping shape the family-friendly policies that we have achieved in the 111th Congress,” Fattah said.

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ongressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) yesterday accepted the Best of Congress Award for improving the quality of life of working families. He praised the working mothers on his staff and singled out Senior Policy Adviser Cindy Bass for dedicated service just one year after the birth of her daughter.


The “Best of Congress” is awarded by Working Mother Media and Corporate Voices for Working Families to Members of Congress for employing family-friendly policies in their own offices. “Cindy Bass has a one-year-old at

“I’m honored with this bipartisan ‘Best of Congress Award’ and I want to accept it on behalf of all the working moms on staff and in my family who have been so critical to any success we have achieved. “That starts with my mom, who raised six boys, held two jobs, and gained a reputation as a tireless gangfighter in and beyond Philadelphia, and my wife who is raising our young daughters while maintaining her professional career.” The Congressman praised other working mothers on his staff, including Bonnie Bowser, Debra Anderson, Tia Watson and Carol Branch.


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Mayor Marks

Housing Fund’s Results After 5 Years ayor Michael A. Nutter was joined by representatives from affordable housing developers, contractors and advocates as he celebrated the five-year anniversary of the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund, a dedicated, ongoing source of local funding set aside to address housing needs in Philadelphia.


Mayor Nutter also released a report summarizing the Trust Fund’s investments and accomplishments over the past five years. Since its inception in 2005, the Fund has committed more than $45 million to expand and improve housing opportunities for nearly 5,000 households. “The Housing Trust Fund is a key tool in creating and preserving quality affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the City of Philadelphia,” said the Mayor. He credited it with creating nearly 850 new homes, with another 550 in the pipeline; with funding major home repairs in more than 1,200 houses; for accessible homes that have made it possible for 750 persons with disabilities to live more independently; and with averting homelessness for 1,450 households; Nutter said the program had lever-

aged more than $140 million in non-City funds to date, with projects in pipeline leveraging another $85 million. Trust Fund dollars are primarily raised through deed and mortgage recording fees. In recognition of the success of the Trust Fund, City Council has passed legislation raising the deed and mortgage recording fees by $30 to provide additional resources. Legislation is pending in Harrisburg that would implement the Council ordinance. The Trust Fund provides financing to nonprofit organizations (or joint ventures between nonprofits and for-profits) for constructing new affordable homes for sale or rent. The program also supports programs that preserve existing rental housing, make repairs to basic systems such as heating, plumbing and electric in owner-occupied homes, and modify homes to make them more accessible for the people with disabilities living there. “A stable home is a key foundation if individuals are to reach their highest potential,” said John MacDonald, President and CEO of Impact Services Corp., whose Trust Fund-supported developments are creating or preserving more than

100 homes. “The Trust Fund has enabled us to make quality affordable housing possible for first-time homebuyers and for homeless veterans.” Construction of developments supported by the Trust Fund is creating not only homes but also jobs all across the city. Total development costs for the 41 new homeownership and rental developments and the six rental preservation developments total more than $380 million. Deborah McColloch, director of the Office of Housing & Community Development said, “The Housing Trust Fund has been a tremendous resource as we increase the supply and the accessibility of affordable housing, create jobs and revitalize communities across the city.”

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Butkovitz: Mayor’s Office Finessed Fat Contract For OHCD

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$445,000 professional

Mayor’s Office of Community

services contract that

Services was for another city

was appropriated to the

agency, Controller Alan



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Butkovitz stated in an audit re-

livery costs invoiced under the

tional and oversight duties over

leased yesterday.


the sub-recipient agency. This will ensure some level of over-

After a review of the contract by

The invoice from the sub-recipi-

sight and questioning of expen-

auditors from the Controller’s

ent agency characterized the

ditures that are loosely

Office, MOCS staff was unable

costs as “program administra-

described as program adminis-

to answer several questions

tion,” “project completion,” and

tration, project completion, and

about the purpose of the con-

“basic systems repairs.”

‘basic systems repairs’,” said Butkovitz. “Failure to maintain

tract or provide any justification for costs that were incurred.

“This audit raises troubling

proper oversight and authority

Auditors were referred to the

questions when money is ap-

places taxpayer dollars at risk

City’s Commerce Department

propriated to one agency, yet a

for fraud and mismanagement.”

who provided some information

contract is entered into, ap-

about the contract, but referred

proved and becomes the re-

“While MOCS staff had no inter-

auditors to the City's Office of

sponsibility of another City

action with the sub-recipient

Housing & Community Develop-

agency,” said Butkovitz. “This

agency, however, MOCS ap-


arrangement left MOCS with no

proved the expenditures on the

oversight or interaction with the

contract. This arrangement

While auditors were informed

sub-recipient agency who is in-

raises serious oversight ques-

by OHCD they were overseeing

voicing the city hundreds of

tions when a city department

the contract and dealing with

thousands of dollars for serv-

that is appropriated a $445,000

the sub-recipient agency that


contract, cannot explain the purpose of the contract or the

was providing basic home repairs, they were unable to iden-

“Authorized contract spending

costs that were invoiced,” said

tify the nature of certain

must be restricted to the depart-


administrative and program de-

ment or agency that has opera-

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