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Center Staff Speaks Out on Exemptions to Cashless Store Ban Regulations

September 4, 2019
Philadelphia City Hall
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September 4, 2019

Network staff member Kevin Thomas was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer news article on the proposed exemptions to government offices from the city’s ban on cashless stores on August 29. 

The article highlighted the pushback by advocates in response to the proposed regulation that would exempt city offices from the cashless ban so long as there is at least one “convenient location” that accepts cash for services, fines, and fees. In this case, that one location would be located in the Municipal Services Building in Center City.

Thomas’ quote points out the double standard of the proposed regulation. “You’re asking businesses to do something you won’t do,” Thomas said. He elaborated that only one government location accepting cash is not convenient for everyone in the city.

Thomas is the Associate Director of Operations and Asset Building with the Building Health and Wealth Network. His knowledge of finance is crucial in assisting Network members to improve their financial literacy and asset-building skills. Thomas backed the cashless store ban, which will be most impactful to the large segment of Philadelphia residents that are either unbanked or underbanked.

To read the full article, visit the Philadelphia Inquirer website.

By Gabe Halperin-Goldstein


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