(PHILADELPHIA) March 2, 2017 – In response to Mayor Jim Kenney’s Budget Address to City Council, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown issued the following statement:
Mayor Kenney introduced a $4.4 billion spending plan that seeks to address Philadelphia’s most critical issues around poverty, early childhood education, community schools and economic growth as well as issues that impact Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens: children and families.
I am deeply encouraged that the Mayor has acknowledged that more work needs to be done around lead poisoning with a committed investment of $900,000 for remediation, enforcement, and education on lead poisoning. His laser beam focus on this issue is consistent with public policies that my office has championed for the past five years. I am proud to be a member of the Philadelphia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Group and look forward to working with the Mayor on solutions to this public health crisis.
I am also pleased with the Mayor’s investment to create opportunity for all neighborhoods. Every single zip code should get a shot at the economic dollars coming from the Rebuild initiatives; all businesses, including MBEs and WBEs, deserve to be a part of the pipeline of opportunities. As the Mayor reminded us, Philadelphia ranks first in poverty and last in job creation. It behooves us as elected officials to listen to our constituents and focus on decreasing poverty and increasing jobs.
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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has passed meaningful legislation and supported valuable community programming that positively impacts her core issues: children and youth, women, education, small business development, arts and culture and the environment and sustainability. Councilwoman Reynolds Brown is the only woman to win an At-Large Council seat since 1999.
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