Catherine Lucey has a must-read story in today's Daily News for anyone interested in the city budget. The article makes clear what many already knew: There is absolutely no agreement between Mayor Nutter and City Council about how to deal with the $135 million budget hole.
This isn't surprising, given the discord between the Mayor and City Council over the past two years. However, one item in the story stood out to us as being unusual. Councilman Bill Green doesn't agree with Mayor Nutter's revenue options, but isn't pushing an alternative tax hike as the primary way to deal with the problem. Instead, Green wants the city to make even more budget cuts to handle the deficit.
Before Council concluded business, Councilman Bill Green made an impassioned speech in favor of further cuts to close the city budget gap. Green argued that if the city doesn't hire to fill hundreds of vacant jobs and reduce the surplus budget dollars, smaller tax hikes would be needed.
Why is this noteworthy? Well, frankly, City Council is not known for cutting programs. Generally, Council members represent specific constituencies that oppose cuts. Council also tends to side with city unions during disputes with mayoral administrations.