Nutter in Harrisburg, Asks Senate To Pass Legislation for City

Our man in Harrisburg, John Baer, just sent us this report on Mayor Nutter's press conference in Harrisburg after House Bill 1828 passed.

Nutter held a news conference in the capitol rotunda today after the House passed the city's sales tax/pension bill. He was joined by a dozen Democratic representatives, most from Philly.

"We just had major movement on behalf of the City of Philadelphia," Nutter said, thanking the House and noting, "This was a bipartisan effort...the future and fate of Philadelphia was in their hands."

But that future and fate remain in question.

The measure now goes to the Senate which reconvenes Monday and has shown reluctance to act quickly on the bill. Under Senate rules, a bill must be in the chamber three days before it can be voted.

"There is no reason at all for the Senate not to take up this measure on Monday and pass it on Wednesday," Nutter said, noting "it is not tied at all" to the stalled state budget.

Asked about Senate GOP Leader Dominic Pileggi's position (restated today) that the Philly bill should be dealt with after or as part of a budget settlement, Nutter said, "We're going to continue to press our case." He said he's met with Pileggi on the issue and added, "I would expect to have either a conversation or a meeting with him again."