100 days as mayor, Kenney hones in on education and public safety
Jim Kenney’s tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia reached the 100 day mark on Tuesday — a landmark routinely used as an evaluation point for high-ranking elected officials.
“The last three months have been nothing short of the most humbling experience of my life," Mayor Kenney said in a statement. "The true test of what our city will accomplish is still ahead and, as I’ve said often, the administration will not be able to accomplish anything great alone. So, in the weeks, months and years to come, I look forward to working with City Council, all our many city partners and, most importantly, you to create a fairer future for all Philadelphians."
In a detailed report, City Hall shared its advances on education, public safety, economic security and development during this first period of the Kenney administration.
The education initiative has been an investment plan that would put away $300 million for pre-K and community education. The proposal was done with input from parents, teachers and students. Since January 2016, the local government has also strengthened its partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, addressing issues like funding and infrastructure.
With regard to public safety, Kenney hopes to shape a new policy on unconstitutional “stop and frisk” practices by local police. The aim is to more closely supervise officers’ pedestrian stops, and make them subject to review by ranking supervisors.
Moreover, officers will have to attend a one week training program on the pertinent legislation around pedestrian stops, which details the requirements of reasonable suspicion.
In its first 100 days, the Kenney administration also began the footwork on some economic development initiatives. Among them is the creation of a Talent Development Unit in the Department of Commerce, which will be charged with training the city’s work force.
One of the more attractive policies enacted could be the tax relief program, which plans to take the wage tax rate for residents to 3.73 percent by 2021. If reached, it would be the lowest rate the city has had since 1975.