Flashpoint: COVID-19 hurts the city's budget

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about Mayor Jim Kenney's proposed budget for Philadelphia. 

Kenney described it as "painful." It includes a tax increase, layoffs and elimination of whole departments, including the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. 

In recent weeks, the arts community has rallied, hoping to find alternatives that would save the OACCE. The Greater Philadelphia Film Office could also lose some of its funding, as well as the African American Museum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

So are there alternatives? Can the programs be saved? Sharon Pinkenson, executive director for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, joins City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart and Danny Simmons of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

The newsmaker of the week is the Pennsylvania primary. COVID-19 has had a major impact on the voting in this spring's election, pushing Election Day to June 2. 

Omar Sabir
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So what will voting look like on the ground and beyond on primary day? Philadelphia City Commissioner Omar Sabir discusses the need to file mail in ballot applications and what the major decrease in polling location to avoid spread of coronavirus. Mail-in ballot applications must be turned in to the city commissioner's office by Tuesday, May 26.  

The Patriot Homecare Changemaker of the Week is the Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. When doctors began using hydroxychloroquine, a common lupus treatment, to help patients battle COVID-19, the lupus community found themselves in the middle of a shortage. They rallied, thanks to the Lupus Foundation. 

For Lupus Awareness Month, Chief Executive Officer Cindy Messerle discusses their advocacy, as well the many virtual programs they have planned during the month of May. 

Cindy Messerle
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Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1060AM. It also airs at 5 a.m. Sundays on B101FM and WPHT 1210AM and at 6 a.m. on WOGL 98.1 and TDY 96.5. 

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