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The unions are out protesting today in front of the Westin on 17th Street, where the Michael Nutter-led U.S. Conference of Mayors is holding an "Innovation Summit." (They're also marching around City Hall.) And it was there that I noticed a sign that I hadn't seen before. Amid the familiar Bozo caricatures was a new nickname for their antagonist: Mix "Masturbator" Mike. (Get it?)A member of Local 98 told me that the sign wasn't new--he said it debuted at the mayor's infamous March budget address. I don't, however, recall seeing it there. At the very least, this might be the
I swore I was done. I promised I would never waste another column writing about how pathetic Philadelphia is. And how its complacent residents and businessmen get exactly what they deserve. Washing my hands of all things Philly, I pledged to never again comment on Michael Nutter, who is, without a doubt, America’s most clueless and excruciatingly boring mayor.But I failed.It is simply impossible not to rip into Tweedledee's latest efforts to drive the final stake into the heart of a once-great city by trying to impose, yes, more taxes! But this isn’t a column about how astronomical taxes actually decrease revenue and further a city’s demise. Michael Nutter has never, nor will ever, understand that, so why bother?It’s much more fun to look at Mayor’s “legacy” to date and marvel about how bad he really is.
On May 1st each year, the city’s elected officials are required to tell the world how they make their money, and what kind of gifts they’re getting. These financial disclosure statements, thanks to the City of Philadelphia’s Mesozoic technological prowess and resistance to transparency, are available only in person, in a cramped and cluttered office on the ground floor of City Hall. I went to the cramped office so you didn't have to. Here, some of the most interesting findings from the 2012 disclosures:
CBS Philly reports:Mayor Michael Nutter today announced a funding package that will give the School District of Philadelphia an additional $95 million in the next fiscal year, even more than the $60 million the school district had requested from the city to fill its latest budget hole (see related story).The mayor says the package includes an increase in the liquor-by-the-drink tax from 10 percent to 15 percent, effective July 1st. That is expected to raise $22 million.In addition, the city is adding an additional tax of $2 per pack of cigarettes, over and above the city and state taxes currently placed on tobacco
This man does not like fun! First, the ill-fated soda tax. Last month, it was the liquor-by-the-drink tax. Now, Mayor Nutter and Council President Clarke are talking about hiking the tobacco tax. All of it, of course, to help raise $60 million in city funds to close a $300 million education budget shortfall that could leave schools without assistant principals, counselors, and extracurricular activities next year. When you pit cigarettes against schools, it might not be so tough to gain popular support for a tax after all. [Daily News]
It does not take a genius to figure out what is going on here. Philadelphia is bankrupt. Without even seeing the details, it is safe to assume untenable union wages and pension benefits are at the heart of it all. A 47.6% funded pension is rather telling in and of itself.
[caption id="attachment_325601" align="aligncenter" width="452" caption="Olivia Nutter, with her parents, at the Mayor's 2012 inaugural ball."][/caption]Philadelphia police charged 18-year-old Ciarra Ryan with simple assault after she was accused of punching Olivia Nutter in the face after a track meet in East Mount Airy. Mayor Nutter's spokesman told the Inquirer that Olivia, who is a student at Masterman High School, is now "fine."NBC reports:The mayor's daughter was walking towards a group of girls when one of them told Nutter to move, according to police. Moments later, police say, Nutter was assaulted.Some called Nutter's daughter a game-changer during his first run for the
The New Haven Register reports that Mayor Michael Nutter talked about gun control during a Monday appearance at Yale:Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, in a speech Monday at Yale University, called on lawmakers and citizens to put economic pressure on gun and ammunition manufacturers, distributors and retailers in order to stem the tide of gun violence that “rips out the heart and soul of what a city is all about.”“In essence, we have a Sandy Hook every day in the United States of America,” Nutter said, noting the “slow and steady drumbeat of murder and homicide” in U.S. cities.He lamented Congress's
6ABC reports that Mayor Nutter has sent a letter to the United States Olympic Committee, expressing Philadelphia's interest in hosting the 2024 Olympics. "The Philadelphia region has enthusiastically embraced the prospect of bidding on and hosting a future Olympic Games, and we look forward with great anticipation to the opportunity to work with the USOC on this project," Mayor Nutter said in the letter.And why not? Our school district is broke, currently. The city's budget situation is such that it can only be discussed behind closed doors. And it's not like hosting the Olympics is expensive or anything:Cities that vie to
Over at the Comcast Center right now, Mayor Nutter is dressing the city up real nice and showing her off. Because Philadelphia, officially the brokest of the country's five biggest cities, is bringing in big-name institutional investors for a two-day conference to try to entice them to purchase municipal bonds and city-owned assets. More specifically, all I can tell you is that Mayor Nutter is speaking right about now, and there's a cocktail party at 5:30 p.m. Tomorrow, investors will go check out PHL and Gas Works, among other things. Press aren't allowed, Comcast VP David Cohen said, because that