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Archive: September, 2008

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 10:34 AM
Link: Rendell delays capital funding for new court building

The Legislature in July approved a $200 million appropriation in the 2008-09 state budget for a new, consolidated Family Court building. But because of the poor economy, Gov. Rendell has indicated that he will not yet release the money.

Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo said yesterday that the governor believes that planning for a new Family Court building should continue and hopefully, at "some point in the near future . . . we will find a way to finance the construction."

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POSTED: Monday, September 22, 2008, 11:07 AM
The newest "It's Our Money" op-ed has hit the paper. Our topic this week is Philadelphia City Council. Are taxpayers getting the best representation for the money we spend? What are some possible reforms that could help City Council function better?

Read the article by clicking here and use this post as an open thread for discussion.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 12:57 PM

Link: Senate backs early release for non-violent offenders

The Pa. Senate is run by Republicans and tends to be the most conservative branch of state government. Yet they voted 48-2 to transfer non-violent drug offenders into treatment programs. The reason? Budget problems. The fiscal situation must be really bad if the GOP-controlled chamber is prepared to do something so drastic. Of course, dealing with non-violent drug offenders through treatment instead of incarceration might be an idea that is good even when state government is flush with cash.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7:03 AM

Finance Director Rob Dubow

Link: Market mayhem could worsen Phila.’s budget blues

Philadelphia’s potential $450 million budget shortfall over the next five years could grow larger, depending on the fallout from this week’s market upset, city Finance Director Rob Dubow said Wednesday.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 2:45 PM
Let's get this straight: Jack Kelly wants to spend $25,000 for a press aide to field calls about his staffer who has been indicted. Haven't enough taxpayer resources been wasted by this whole episode? Chris Wright has been accused of selling favors to politically-connected real estate developers. He was being paid nearly $100,000 per year before he was suspended by Kelly a few weeks ago. Spending $25,000 of public money on public relations  just doesn't seem like the right thing to do.

What's more, the city is facing a major budget crunch. According to Mayor Nutter, everything from programs to personnel could be cut in the coming weeks. Independent elected officials-- such as City Council, the City Commissioners, and the City Controller-- need to look at their own budgets and figure out if any savings are possible. Everyone needs to do their part to help deal with the looming financial crisis. Wasting scant resources on a media consultant simply sends the wrong message.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 8:26 AM

IN FEBRUARY, Mayor Nutter handed out roses to City Council members during his first budget address. Soon after, Council approved his $4 billion spending plan with very few changes.

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Every year, city government spends slightly more than $4 billion. Where does all that money come from? More importantly, where does it go? Are we getting the most bang for our tax buck? “It's Our Money” is a joint project between Philadelphia Daily News and WHYY, funded by the William Penn Foundation, designed to answer these questions.

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