Budget woes testing Council tempers

Jeff Shields reports from Council chambers:

One bright side to the budget crisis: It sure has livened up city Council hearings. Council today is expected to vote out of committee legislation by the Nutter administration to freeze tax cuts and increase fees as part of his plan to address the budget crisis.

But the crisis has exposed some real splits in the normally subdued and collegial Council. Bill Green vs. Frank DiCicco; Frank Rizzo v. Frank DiCicco; Green talking back to Council President Anna Verna (a rarity); Bill Greenlee jumping on Philadelphia Forward board members for complaining about the halt on business tax cuts; and Jack Kelly demanding more information on Fire Department cuts.

Jim Kenney said it was "crazy" for dissenting Council members to hold up Nutter's legislation, and said that any delay will mean even more cuts.

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