In case you haven't heard, Mayor Nutter has responded to the budget Council passed today -- which did not include a soda tax -- by saying that it creates a "negative cash flow for the city," and announcing about $20 million in additional cuts. About 340 positions will be eliminated.
In the press conference announcing these cuts, the mayor said that the soda tax had not necessarily been "defeated," since it hadn't been voted on. But he didn't dwell on the point.
Heard in the Hall has a list of the cuts. They include two police classes, two fire companies, and a reduction of branch library hours to four days a week (as we've reported, this last item might not be that much worse than the current situation, in which libraries close randomly). About 100 people would lose jobs they currently hold; the rest of the positions that will be eliminated are currently vacant or planned.
We suppose the question now becomes: Are these the right cuts? And if not, what should the city cut instead?