Last week, the City Finance Committee passed a bill that that would impose a one-percent tax on all new construction or major renovation projects in the city, which proponents say could raise $20 million a year to support affordable housing projects. A separate bill would allow the Housing Trust Fund to determine how the funds are spent. Read more at Philly Curbed.



Three Philadelphia nonprofits will receive grants totaling $5.5 million through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, Gov. Wolf announced today. Philabundance, Esperanza Health Center and Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School will use the funds for upcoming community construction projects. Red more at



The latest data released by the Department of Labor shows that unemployment figures are at an all-time low of 3.8 percent, the lowest since records began in 2000. The number of available jobs in April rose 1 percent to 6.7 million from 6.6 million in March as employers have consistently added jobs over the last 92 months. Read more at Washington’s Top News.