Mayor Jim Kenney’s Progressive Record

  • Created PHLpreK to provide access to free, quality pre-K for thousands of mostly low-income children.
  • Took back control of Philadelphia’s public schools from the state so that for the first time in almost 20 years, the School District is led by a locally-appointed Board of Education. 
  • Increased funding for our public schools by over half a billion dollars.
  • Gave public school teachers their first contract and pay raise in five years.
  • Launched Rebuild, the most ambitious infrastructure program in Philadelphia’s history, to improve city parks, libraries and recreational centers.
  • Created 12 Community Schools to provide essential resources and support services in the neighborhoods they serve.
  • Safely decreased Philadelphia’s local jail population by over 40% – effectively depopulating the City’s House of Correction.
  • Raised the minimum wage to $15/hr for all City employees and contractors.
  • Increased the Fire Department’s budget by tens of millions to hire additional firefighters and replace the department’s aging vehicle fleet.
  • Ended the City’s cooperation with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and defeated the Trump Administration’s attempt to deny federal funds to welcoming cities like Philadelphia that provide equal protection to all its citizens – regardless of their immigration status.
  • Maintained Philadelphia’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Invested tens of millions in creating new affordable housing.
  • Led the fight to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
  • Initiated an emergency response to the opioid epidemic – utilizing a wide range of innovative services to close homeless encampments in Kensington and connect individuals to housing and treatment.