Taxes could take precedence at City Council meeting, proposal seeks resentencing for 5,000 crack cocaine convictions

    Good morning, Feeders! Later today we’ll have news for you about how SEPTA’s new mobile sites and schedules plan to make your life easier. Until then, we’ll have the latest on Philadelphia’s tax plan, a Senate committee abortion hearing at Drexel and new crack cocaine sentencing guidelines.

     

    Tom MacDonald will have a busy day in City Hall. Taking priority is the city’s pending response to provide assistance to the School District of Philadelphia. What items are taking a backseat to this pressing issue?

    Attorney General Eric Holder is backing an early release proposal to resentence crack cocaine users. More than 5,000 people across the country would be affected by the proposal, which aims to correct sentences based on disparities between crack and powdered cocaine use. Susan Phillips will find out how this impacts sentences in Pennsylvania.

    New Jersey is moving forward with plans to move its primary election dates. Phil Gregory will have the latest.

    Lizz Fiedler is already headed to Drexel where a Senate committee is hosting a panel hearing on abortion regulations post-Kermit Gosnell.

    SEPTA in unveiling today three transit-tracking tools that provide real-time schedules and some new electronic schedules. We’re heading over there to check out the services for ourselves.

    Italian fashion designed and artist Roberto Capucci is coming to the Philadelphia Art Museum as part of the exhibit he opened there in March. Peter Crimmins will be there to learn about Capucci’s work and brought him and his pieces to Philadelphia.

    Here’s what’s brewing now on our hyperlocal pages:

    Roxborough and Manayunk residents are teaming up with law enforcement for this weekend’s bike race. The agenda: zero tolerance for the destuctive, unruly behavior that’s become assoicated with the race.

    A public auction has been scheduled for the Germantown Settlement buildings. About 40,000 sq. ft. of buildings will be open to bids June 16.

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