City Councilman Jim Kenney wants Philadelphia to sever ties with its Russian "sister city" which has enacted a ban on "homosexual propaganda."
Nizhny Novgorod, Philly's "sister city" for over 20 years was one of the first in Russia to enact the ban.
Kenney sent a letter to Mayor Nutter Wednesday urging him to end the relationship.
So it was big news last week that Sam Katz -- a former GOP mayoral candidate -- said he would not take on Mayor Nutter in the Democratic primary next year. But is that the end of this story?
WHYY's Dave Davies has an intriguing post on his new blog, questioning whether Katz could oppose Nutter as a Republican during the general election, after another candidate drains Nutter's financial resources during the primary. And Davies points out that the current campaign finance rules could work against Nutter in such a scenario.
As we reported yesterday, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority has affirmed the credibility of an administration-commissioned study from Boston College, which said the program has cost the city $258 million since 1999.
Today, the state created fiscal watchdog, sent Mayor Nutter a letter expressing support for ending the DROP program. "Clearly this costly and misused human resources tool must be eliminated," wrote PICA Board Chairman Jim Eisenhower.
You can read the letter here.
We talk about the Philadelphia Housing Authority in our latest video interview with Mayor Nutter. Check it out:
Mayor Nutter is set to make remarks today at noon in Love Park at an event for the National Day of Prayer.
Given the city's massive budget deficit and Nutter's ongoing battle with City Council over his financial plan, you think he'll be asking for a few petitions himself?
Mayor Nutter says he’s thrilled to be hosting Vice President Joe Biden and the middle class task force today as they discuss the benefits of green jobs. He’ll be speaking about how Philly is developing green jobs during one of the panels.
“The whole task force is about the middle class. Our perspective in Philadelphia is that green jobs are the pathway to the middle class,” Nutter said.
There was some good green news for Philly today. A total of $1.3 million in grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will be awarded to green job efforts in the city, including a grant to the non-profit Energy Coordinating Agency to launch a green jobs skills training center.
We've been reviewing the scenarios prepared by city departments to show the impact of 10, 20 or 30 percent budget cuts on their operations. As we've reported before, these scenarios -- prepared to show the city's options for closing a $1 billion budget hole over five years -- show devastating reductions for departments like police, streets and libraries.
The mayor's office, which had a budget of $6.6 million after the fall budget cuts, also prepared scenarios. They did a 10 percent and a 20 percent report, both of which include staff reductions and reorganization of units. But when it comes to 30 percent, they didn't do a scenario. The document just says "would require complete reorganization of Mayor's Office."
We asked Mayor Nutter why his own office didn't do all the scenarios.