Philadelphia saw minimal improvements in the representation of people of color in mayoral departments this fiscal year.
- Overall, diversity numbers ticked up 1 percentage point compared to the previous fiscal year, according to the Office of the Controller's recent review.
Why it matters: More than 65% of Philadelphia's population identifies as a race other than white, per the office. But people of color only make up around 54% of the employees in mayoral departments with exempt status.
- Exempt employees are paid a salary, non-union, and do executive work. These people are usually staffers, but not elected officials.
An independent government watchdog group is pushing for Philadelphia legislators to make the redistricting process more transparent.
Driving the news: The Committee of Seventy is submitting a six-step roadmap Monday for Philadelphia lawmakers to follow as they prepare to redraw the city's 10 political districts.
Why it matters: Philly doesn't have any regulations around how political lines are drawn, such as mandated public hearings, Patrick Christmas, the nonprofit's policy director, told Axios.
- The process, which occurs every 10 years, is typically done behind closed doors.
The Pennsylvania Legislature spent nearly $10 million on private lawyers over the last two years, per an investigation from Spotlight PA and The Caucus.
- Cases ranged from public records disputes to attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, the review found.
Why it matters: Both Republicans and Democrats have frequently concealed the reasons behind needing representation, shielding which lawmakers and staff asked for it.
- Doing so defies case law that requires them to make such details public, Spotlight PA and The Caucus report.
Josh Shapiro, the state's top prosecutor, will launch his bid for governor on Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh, according to his campaign.
Why it matters: Shapiro, 48, is the first Democrat in the state to seek his party's nomination for the 2022 primary.
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