Unions backing Dem Krasner in DA race

A union that supported Jack O’Neill in the primary shifted its support to Krasner.

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The Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council endorsed Democrat Larry Krasner for district attorney.

“He understands our issues, such as the damage done by the underground economy, misclassification of workers and protecting our First Amendment rights,” said John Dougherty, business manager of the council. “Larry Krasner will work to ensure a level playing field for the building trades in an increasingly competitive construction industry. On the pressing issue of opioid abuse, to which our members are not immune, Mr. Krasner has vowed to attack this huge public health problem from day one in office. On virtually every building trades issue, Larry Krasner is 100 percent with us. We look forward to delivering the labor movement’s significant votes for Mr. Krasner on Election Day.”

Many building trades supported Jack O’Neill in the primary, but he finished sixth among seven candidates with less than 6 percent of the vote.

A longtime civil rights lawyer, Krasner won the Democratic nomination with 38 percent of the vote.

“We’re very grateful for the support of the hard-working members of these unions that are literally building our city every day,” Krasner said. “I look forward to working with them and with everyone to make this great city a safer and more just place for all of its residents.”

Krasner faces Republican Beth Grossman.

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In the Nov. 7 general election, voters will decide whether to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow more significant residential property tax reductions.

The Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill, in the last two sessions, allowing counties, municipalities and school districts to exclude up to 100 percent of the median assessed value of homestead property from taxation.

In 1997, voters passed a referendum allowing local governments to exclude up to 50 percent. ••