Archive: November, 2008
South Philly High will host the first town hall on Nutter budget cuts
Nutter will speak and respond to questions at all the town-hall meetings, along with Managing Director Camille Barnett, Finance Director Rob Dubow, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and other top city officials.
Nutter has said that he doesn't expect to change his plans but that he does want to talk with the public about the reasons for the cuts.
The latest "It's Our Money" op-ed appeared in today's Philadelphia Daily News along with an editorial. The topic? The looming pension crisis facing local government and companies across the country.
Mayor Nutter was surprised by harsh reaction to budget cuts
There is a great blog post over at Philadelphia Citypaper looking at Mayor Nutter's proposed budget cuts. Nutter recently released information designed to provide a rationale for the cuts to City Council and the media. Staff writer Issiah Thompson poured over the data and below are the first of his findings:
- The cuts tend to apply to libraries with smaller circulations. The 11 proposed closings, however, do not represent the 11 smallest libraries (just four of the smallest 11 are on the chopping block). Some of the libraries in jeopardy have relatively high circulation rates.
- The cuts are pretty well-spread along income levels, but sorting by family poverty levels shows that the areas with highest and lowest poverty rates have been spared library cuts, while areas in between seem to bear the burden.
- The Holmesburg Library (7810 Frankford Ave.), a branch library scheduled for closing, circulates more books than Lucien Blackwell, a regional library.
- Looking at a map of the proposed closings, they appear to be fairly evenly distributed around the city. But sort by Council district, and the spread could be seen as political as much as geographic. The 11 libraries are represented by eight Council districts; no Council district would take more than two cuts.
That's it for now, but more is coming — promise. Meanwhile, happy hunting!
Yesterday, the Philadelphia Daily News published a story that sought to answer why so many police officers are dying in the line of duty. There was one particular passage that caught my eye and I'm curious to know what readers think.
Daily News visits libraries slated for the chopping block
Many of the targeted branches are in poor, high-crime neighborhoods where they serve as after-school havens, community centers and computer labs.
I appeared on Fox 29 two days ago to talk about the 6 Bold Ideas To Fix The Budget that was published yesterday on the Daily News editorial page.
Ben stopped by the WHYY studios for a chat with Dave Heller and went into some detail about the 6 Bold Ideas To Fix The Budget on today's Daily News editorial page.