Archive: September, 2008
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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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.
Finance Director Rob Dubow
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.
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.