Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amid Budget Woes, Mayor Dodges Jinxing Eagles

Wrapping up his news conference on the city's ongoing budget troubles, Mayor Nutter was asked how Philadelphia might deal with the potential expense of a parade if the Eagles go on to win Super Bowl 43 in Tampa. Nutter, like Eagles coach Andy Reid and his team, refused to look past Sunday's game against The Arizona Cardinals.

Amid Budget Woes, Mayor Dodges Jinxing Eagles

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Phillies´ Pat Gillick hoists the World Series trophy as Mayor Nutter looks on.
Phillies' Pat Gillick hoists the World Series trophy as Mayor Nutter looks on.

Wrapping up his news conference on the city's ongoing budget troubles, Mayor Nutter was asked how Philadelphia might deal with the potential expense of a parade if the Eagles go on to win Super Bowl 43 in Tampa.  Nutter, like Eagles coach Andy Reid and his team, refused to look past Sunday's game against The Arizona Cardinals.

"In the future, what I’m most focused on is the Eagles kicking the Cardinals’ butt on Sunday," Nutter said, drawing some applause in an otherwise somber announcement.

The parade for the Philadelphia Phillies after their World Series championship last fall cost the city more than $600,000 while another $300,000 in costs were covered by private donations. The World Series brought in about $1.5 million in city wage and amusement taxes, so the city still came out ahead.

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