Sunday, December 28, 2014

Nutter in Harrisburg Today, Hoping For Budget Action

Mayor Nutter is spending the day in Harrisburg today, hoping that the state House of Representatives will vote on legislation that would provide budget relief for the city.

Nutter in Harrisburg Today, Hoping For Budget Action

Mayor Nutter is spending the day in Harrisburg today, hoping that the state House of Representatives will vote on legislation that would provide budget relief for the city.

To avoid massive cuts and layoffs, Philly needs state lawmakers to approve legislation that would allow the city to raise the sales tax temporarily and to defer some pension payments, moves that are worth $700 million over five years.

But the legislation -- House Bill 1828 -- has stalled amid union protests over pension-reform amendments added to the bill by the state Senate. The state House delayed a vote last week, promising to revise the legislation. Members of the House have been trying to find a way to modify the pension amendments and still get Philly the needed relief. They are expected to vote this afternoon, but those plans could change.

Chris Brennan is covering the action out in Harrisburg and we'll keep you posted as things develop.

Because of the delays in Harrisburg, the city has started moving forward with the "Plan C" doomsday budget, which cuts 3,000 jobs and slashes services. Most of the cuts would take effect Oct. 2, if Harrisburg doesn't act. Today signs are going up at libraries and recreation centers notifying users that the facilities may be closed Oct. 2.
 

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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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