vaccinate young children; Tax cut on savings?; Malcolm Jenkins’ New Philadelphia Whiskey | morning summary

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The City Council is set to approve a small decrease in Philadelphia’s payroll tax today when it approves the city’s fiscal year 2023 budget.

  • The rate cut will not have a significant impact in residents’ wallets. It is touted as a business-boosting measure, intended to help prevent companies from moving operations out of Philadelphia.

People earning the city’s median income will save about 47 cents a week, reports Lizzy McLellan Ravitch, while the average suburbanite will save 14 cents.

Malcolm Jenkins is using his star power to address the lack of diversity in the spirits industry through a partnership with Kensington’s New Liberty Distillery.

  • Black and brown owned farms will supply all the grain for the Eagles’ former security’s next bourbon, which may be an industry first. Only 8% of the US craft spirits workforce is black.

It hasn’t been easy finding producers to supply, but the first batch of whiskey could start production this year, reports Ian Mikrut for Billy Penn.

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  • With CDC approval, children up to 6 months are now eligible for the COVID vaccine. One drawback: In Pennsylvania, pharmacists are only allowed to vaccinate children over the age of 3, and even that is up for debate, so a doctor’s visit may be necessary. [Axios/WHYY]
  • Councilman Bass and Mayor Kenney reached an undisclosed agreement on Rebuild, which funds the renovation of the city’s recreation centers and other public spaces. Bass had delayed the legislation in an attempt to get $20 million for projects in his Northwest Philadelphia district. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly/WHYY]
  • As Philadelphia’s new school superintendent, Tony Watlington Jr., transitions to lead the district, he’ll need help. $450k of help, to be exact – the cost of the consulting firm hired to work on their 5-year strategic plan. [Chalkbeat]
  • Hot on the heels of news that Water Works’ “plexiglass party tent” won’t return next year, Inky’s architecture critic Inga Saffron argues that the concessionaire is generally cutting off access to historic public space. [Billy Penn/Inquirer$]
  • Michael Rubin, co-owner and long-time 76ers superfan, is selling his stake in the team due to potential conflicts of interest with Fanatics, his sportswear empire that is branching into trading cards and betting. [@michaelrubin/PhillyVoice]
  • Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is seeking to trademark the phrase “Hurts So Good” for use in a line of clothing and merchandise. Could John Cougar Mellencamp have something to say about that? [NBC10]
  • The former Amis Trattoria on 13th Street, once a Vetri restaurant, is now Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop, serving New York-style pizza with pool tables and a bar. [Philly Mag$]

Nothing on today’s public agenda for Mayor Kenney, as he will likely pay close attention to the City Council session where lawmakers are expected to approve next year’s Philadelphia budget.

📠 Thursday is National Typewriter Day, and you can celebrate with a free lecture from Philly Typewriter founder Bryan Kravitz on the impact and subtle revival of old-fashioned machinery. (6 p.m. Thursday, June 23)

🏳️‍🌈 Pride month kicks off with a block party at the Congreso de Latinos Unidos in Kensington, this time with a live DJ, drag performances and free HIV testing. (12 noon to 4 p.m. Friday, June 24)

🎨 Dozens of artists and performers will be setting up along sidewalks and inside local businesses for the annual Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl street festival, rain or shine. (12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25)

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