Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tensions High in Harrisburg

Tensions are high in the state Capitol today as Mayor Nutter anxiously awaits a vote in the state House of Representatives on budget relief legislation for the city.

Tensions High in Harrisburg

Tensions are high in the state Capitol today as Mayor Nutter anxiously awaits a vote in the state House of Representatives on budget relief legislation for the city.

Chris Brennan caught up with Nutter in the Capitol cafeteria where he was eating French fries with ketchup. He declined to answer any questions about how the day is shaping up so far, which may not be a good sign. Nutter needs passage of House Bill 1828 – which would allow the city to temporarily hike the sales tax and defer pension payments – to stave off massive cuts.

The city’s lobbyist, Holly Kinser, is on hand, as is city Finance Director Rob Dubow.

And John McNesby, head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, is on the scene, as are other municipal union insiders. Union heads have thrown a wrench in Nutter’s plans by vigorously opposing pension reform amendments added to the legislation by the state Senate.
 

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