DAILY GRINDER: City Passes Budget; State Getting There
Philadelphia City Council passed the city’s budget yesterday. It’s $3.6 billion, raises property taxes 3.6 percent and gives the school district $40 million in new cash. The number falls way short of the $94 million Mayor Michael Nutter had hoped to funnel to the district and even shorter or the $218 million gap they face. Average property taxes are going up $49 per year with the increase. Nutter’s had not planned to raise taxes this year.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania House voted to approve a $27.65 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins Sunday. There are still massive cuts for the needy, but don’t worry: Your tax dollars are only providing a credit of a nickel per gallon of ethane produced by Shell Chemical. (Oh, wait.) Also, $300 million in tax breaks for businesses. (Oh, wait.) It’s due tomorrow.
As you know, Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court yesterday. It’s nice to see conservatives are taking the ruling with class. Nah, just kidding. They’re still calling the ruling “lawless” and claiming Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was high on pills, or something.
An amendment on the Senate floor would continue the red light camera program through 2017 and expand the program to the Philly suburbs.
Dr. William Hite seems to have the edge of support for superintendent amongst City Council. Not that that means much.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Out of bankruptcy.
Yahoo! says Philadelphia is the second-best burger city in the U.S.! Excited? No? Me neither, and I’ll just come out and say it: Burgers are overrated.
The guy who unleashed the wolf-dog in Pennypack Park says he’s close to getting his dog back. He saw the dog yesterday, says it started coming toward him, but then ran away when a stranger approached. Earlier in the week, it was nailed with a tranquilizer, but no one could find it in the dark. Oh, and wolf hybrids are illegal in Pennsylvania, so if they find it and it is a wolf, it’s got to go to a wolf sanctuary.