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Budget Relief Gets Final State Senate Approval

Talk about a photo finish.

Budget Relief Gets Final State Senate Approval

Mayor Michael Nutter answers questions at a press conference outside City Hall this morning just prior to his trip to Harrisburg. The State Senate passed the city budget relief bill this afternoon. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)
Mayor Michael Nutter answers questions at a press conference outside City Hall this morning just prior to his trip to Harrisburg. The State Senate passed the city budget relief bill this afternoon. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)

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.

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Because the state has taken so long to approve the relief, Mayor Nutter has been readying his fallback budget, which included layoffs, closing all libraries and recreation centers and reducing trash collection. Those cuts were to be finalized Oct. 2 without state action.

The city has already made some cuts to account for the delay in the sales tax revenue, which was expected to start bringing in $10 million a month in August. Layoffs and other reductions were announced last month to account for the loss of August and September sales tax revenue.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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