Tag Archives: Michael Nutter

Nutter Asks City to Plan for Additional Budget Cuts

Haven’t we cut enough to city services? Faced with anemic tax receipts at the outset of the city’s budget year, Mayor Nutter has asked city managers to draft plans for a provisional 2 percent budget cut, in case the city’s … More after the jump

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Nutter Says Teen Curfew Will Remain in Effect

Not sure how I feel about this. I want to live in a free and open city, and I want low crime. It seems like Mayor Nutter is trying to create a “Green Zone” within Philadelphia to help wealthier residents … More after the jump

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Ackerman Embattled: Someone Needs to Step Up

Philadelphia schools chief Arlene Ackerman is on her way out. It’s clear to pretty much everyone that she’s lost the political support she needs to do her job, and by many measures, she’s not very good at it in the … More after the jump

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Responding to Teen Mobs, Nutter Flips His Lid

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter took to the pulpit on Sunday and delivered an address condemning the teens committing “flash mob” attacks in Center City. “You’ve damaged yourself, you’ve damaged another person, you’ve damaged your peers and, quite honestly, you’ve damaged … More after the jump

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NPR Says Nutter is Awesome, But Forgets about Schools

NPR ran a really nice piece about Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, but they’re neglecting key facts about the mayor’s term and performance. On the program Weekend Edition, they said Nutter has done a great job of keeping Philly’s finances balanced … More after the jump

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Philly Schools Hand Over Documents, But Need Ethos of Transparency

Philadelphia School District has handed over all of the documents requested by Mayor Nutter’s office, but something still stinks, and it’s not just all the ridiculous perks Superintendent Arlene Ackerman was pondering¬†for herself. The school district seems to think its … More after the jump

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Who’s to Blame for Philadelphia’s Tax Increases?

That’s the question the Inquirer is asking this morning. I disagree with the premise. The “blame” is on essential government services like schools, roads, sewers, and police that we’ve committed to maintaining for the collective wellbeing of society. But if … More after the jump

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Nutter Vetoes Paid Sick Days Bill

Capitulating to business interests, Mayor Michael Nutter vetoed a bill that would require employers to provide paid sick days to employees. This is an unbelievable blow to workers who have little negotiating power with their employers.

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Philly Council Raises Property Taxes to Save Schools

Faced with pissing off campaign donors by instituting a progressive soda tax, Philly City Council will instead raise property taxes by 3.85%. The move will raise $35 million for the schools, and Council will kick in $18 million more for … More after the jump

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It’s Time to Drop DROP; Showdown Between Nutter and Council

It’s quite a system, isn’t it? You work for the City of Philadelphia, sometimes as an elected official, and a few years before you actually retire you can start collecting pension payments alongside your regular paycheck. The payments are put … More after the jump

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