Issues

Creating Jobs
  • Founded and Chairs City Council’s Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy
  • Created America’s first veterans hiring tax credit, giving $15,000 in business tax credits over 3 years to any employer who hires a returning veteran in Philadelphia
  • Introduced bill to cut wage and net profit taxes on Philadelphia residents by $100 million over 11 years
  • Introduced bill to encourage businesses to create more jobs for workers without college degrees; employers who create 1,000 new jobs paying at least $45,000/yr with benefits would pay fewer business taxes as long as500 or more of those jobs were available to job seekers without highly-specialized skills or post-secondary education
  • Introduced bill to create an International Trade and Investment Fund to focus on creating businesses opportunities and jobs through promoting Philadelphia-based trade and encouraging foreign investment in Philadelphia
  • Traveled to South Korea in 2012, 2014, and 2016 to develop investment, trade and tourism between Philadelphia and Korea
  • Working with private and public stakeholders, introduced legislation to increase the availability of lab spaces and incubation facilities in Philadelphia for startup biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
  • Formed Philly Neighborhood Small Business Coalition
  • Created the Film Industry Task Force and the Music Industry Taskforce
  • Created the annual PHL Live Center Stage Music Initiative
Improving Education
  • Fighting to provide fair funding to the Community College of Philadelphia to reduce financial burdens on students 
  • Introduced bill to create a Student Debt Tax Credit of up to $7,500 to help residents with student debt and to encourage recent graduates to choose to live and work in Philadelphia
  • Fighting for more vocational education and training in public schools
  • Fighting to restore local control over the Philadelphia Parking Authority and use the money to help Philadelphia, not Harrisburg
  • Found excess money in the City’s General Fund that could fully pay for PHL Pre-K without a soda tax
  • Introduced a budget amendment to fund school district costs without property tax increases
  • Provides school supplies and equipment to local public schools in need of assistance
  • Introduced bill to create The Philadelphia School Teachers Reimbursement Fund, a City-run nonprofit that would reimburse personal money spent by teachers of the Philadelphia School District for the purchase of supplies, materials, and equipment for classroom
  • Successfully fought to restore local control of the School District of Philadelphia from the Commonwealth and introduced legislation to establish reforms based on global best practices

 

Military & First Responders
  • Established First Responder Appreciation Day, annually starting in 2015, to build community relationships with first responders and to thank them for their service
  • Took on the Nutter administration and successfully ordered that $66 million be set aside for firefighters contract
  • Passed resolution urging the PPA to make Veterans Day (November 11) a non-ticketing holiday
  • Held hearings on treatment options for veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI
  • Held community fundraisers for the Green Beret Fund and the Special Forces Association
  • Introduced legislation urging the Department of Defense to include the names of Philadelphia native Patrick Corcoran and his 73 fellow fallen sailors of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Public Safety
  • Passed legislation to declare 2016 The Year to Combat the Heroine Abuse Epidemic in Philadelphia
  • Organized a series of regional community meetings about the opioid crisis
  • Served on the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
  • Led a series of neighborhood cleanups under the Market-Frankford Line in Kensington
  • Authored report of findings and recommendations to address the opioid epidemic which was adopted by Council
  • Introduced legislation to hold hearings on drones and other cutting-edge technology being used in solving and preventing crimes
Protecting Families and Protecting Our Rights
  • Fighting inaccurate property assessments that lead to higher property taxes by introducing legislation to reject Tax Year 2019 property assessment and taxes
  • Held hearings in City Council about the problems of unjustified family separations by the City’s Department of Human Services
  • Defended homeowners from squatters by establishing a new civil process with police response
  • Introduced bill that would require the City to invest $50 million per year in affordable housing
  • Passed bill to increase minority and women participation in City funded projects by strengthening the enforcement of City contracting law
  • Passed bill to protect nursing mothers from being fired or harassed for pumping breast milk, requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations for breast pumping in the workplace
  • Introduced bill to help victims of sexual harassment in city work places by protecting them from being retaliated against during an investigation
  • Defended Asian business owners from having to remove bulletproof glass
  • Fought against unfair, discriminatory enforcement of late-night opening hours laws against Asian-operated takeout restaurants
  • Launched the annual Asian American Voter Registration Drive/Community Outreach Initiative (AAVRD), a non-partisan voter registration drive for Asian American communities in Philadelphia
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