Talk about a photo finish.
The state Senate just approved House Bill 1828, the budget relief legislation Philadelphia needs to avoid sending out 3,000 layoff notices tomorrow. The bill now goes to Governor Rendell for his signature.
Mayor Nutter stood outside the Senate chambers after the vote to thank senators for their votes. "“This has been a long, long struggle. This is a tremendous win for the city of Philadelphia and our public employees," he said.
HB1828 – which has bounced back and forth between the state House of Representatives and the state Senate over the past six weeks – will allow the city to temporarily raise the sales tax and delay some payments into the pension fund. Those two moves are worth $700 million over the next five years.