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Nutter in Harrisburg, Asks Senate To Pass Legislation for City

Our man in Harrisburg, John Baer, just sent us this report on Mayor Nutter's press conference in Harrisburg after House Bill 1828 passed.

Nutter in Harrisburg, Asks Senate To Pass Legislation for City

Our man in Harrisburg, John Baer, just sent us this report on Mayor Nutter's press conference in Harrisburg after House Bill 1828 passed.

Nutter held a news conference in the capitol rotunda today after the House passed the city's sales tax/pension bill. He was joined by a dozen Democratic representatives, most from Philly.

"We just had major movement on behalf of the City of Philadelphia," Nutter said, thanking the House and noting, "This was a bipartisan effort...the future and fate of Philadelphia was in their hands."

But that future and fate remain in question.

The measure now goes to the Senate which reconvenes Monday and has shown reluctance to act quickly on the bill. Under Senate rules, a bill must be in the chamber three days before it can be voted.

"There is no reason at all for the Senate not to take up this measure on Monday and pass it on Wednesday," Nutter said, noting "it is not tied at all" to the stalled state budget.

Asked about Senate GOP Leader Dominic Pileggi's position (restated today) that the Philly bill should be dealt with after or as part of a budget settlement, Nutter said, "We're going to continue to press our case." He said he's met with Pileggi on the issue and added, "I would expect to have either a conversation or a meeting with him again."

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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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