Sunday, April 20, 2014
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What Would the Managing Director Cut?

Almost three weeks ago, Mayor Nutter presented City Council with the data he collected from city departments on how 10, 20 or 30 percent cuts would affect their ability to provide services. Soon after, we received a hefty packet of the cut scenario data, which showed the crippling affect such cuts would have on police, fire or library services.

What Would the Managing Director Cut?

Almost three weeks ago, Mayor Nutter presented City Council with the data he collected from city departments on how 10, 20 or 30 percent cuts would affect their ability to provide services. Soon after, we received a hefty packet of the cut scenario data, which showed the crippling affect such cuts would have on police, fire or library services.

But we noticed that several departments were not included in the packet – among them commerce, human services and the managing director’s office. According to the city, that information will be provided in a second volume of data.

Well, we still haven’t seen that second volume. We asked for it about a week ago and then over the past several days we’ve been specifically requesting just the managing director’s information. We want to see what would happen to signature programs like Philly Stat and 3-1-1 under cuts.

So far nothing. The press office told us today that the city wants to release all the remaining department data together and the department of human services information isn’t ready.

We don't get it. The mayor has repeatedly talked about this being an open and transparent budget process. He has stressed that everything is on the table as he tries to cut $1 billion from the five-year-plan. And  he has made clear that all departments had to prepare these cut scenarios. So why can't we see the managing director data?

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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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