Nutter announces no library cuts

Good news for the Free Library of Philadelphia: Branch schedules will not be reduced from five days to four, and more than 50 jobs will not be eliminated.

Mayor Nutter today axed his earlier proposal to cut the library budget by $2.5 million.

The surprise restoration of funds was one of many changes in the fiscal 2011 budget and five-year plan that the administration submitted a few hours ago to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the state agency that monitors city spending.

But the library's good news is accompanied by bad news for other city departments. Among those seeing new budget reductions are the Police Department ($6.3 million); Prisons ($1 million); Department of Human Services ($1.8 million); Community College of Philadelphia ($1 million); the Philadelphia Cultural Fund ($1.1 million).

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