Thursday, March 5, 2015

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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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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