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Call Mayor Nutter Today re: taxes
Ah Brett Mandel. You gotta love him. From his Philadelphia Forward email today:
The city budget drama should end this week and City Council and the Mayor are deciding whether tax reform will be part of the city's final plan to raise and spend about $4 billion. While some on City Council urge the Mayor to stop reducing the city's onerous tax rates, Philadelphians are counting on Mayor Nutter to deliver on the tax reform he promised during his campaign.[He goes on to cite specific Nutter promises]...
Tax-reform advocates certainly understand that the city has other needs and that citizens have additional priorities, but ALL efforts to make Philadelphia a better place will continue to be frustrated if the city maintains its high and unfair taxes.
But here's the problem with taxes. Despite what Brett says later in his email, there is no data available that shows any impact from business/wage tax reduction on wage/population growth (don't get me wrong, it may exist, but the city has not released any of it publicly).
Meanwhile, it's pretty clear that city revenues are in bad shape. So the promises Mayor Nutter made on the campaign trail look different today in the context of our crashing economy. And I'd rather he break his promises on taxes than go ahead with cuts on top of 3-5% cuts across the board in every department.
And guess what? As Dan mentioned yesterday, the majority of Philadelphians agree! In a poll sponsored by the PA Economy League (a group incidentally that helped found Brett's group, Philadelphia Forward)
Taxes and Spending: Most Unwilling to Reduce Services to Cut Taxes
Most Philadelphians would favor maintaining the current level of taxes and services in the city, but more than one third would prefer “more city services, even if that meant taxes would have to be raised.” Only 10 percent would prefer “lower taxes, even if that meant city services would have to be cut.”
If you had to choose, which of the following would you favor:
* More city services, even if that meant taxes would have to be raised: 38%
* Lower taxes, even if that meant city services would have to be cut: 10%
* Maintaining the current level of taxes and services: 45%
* Unsure/No Answer: 7%
So there's that. And if you care about these things:
- Afterschool programs (which help reduce juvenile crime)
- Single-stream recycling
- Rec Centers
- Fairmount Park
- Neighborhood cleanups
- Improved customer service
- More police officers
- More EMTs and ambulances
...the money has to come from somewhere to fund them.
And it does not look good right now without tax cuts, let alone with them. Not to mention that anything the city does to cut wages or benefits for city workers will have a much more immediate impact on net wage loss (which ultimately leads to net revenue loss) than any job that may or may not be created by business tax cuts.
But Brett is putting the pressure on the Mayor today and he asks his list to call him and urge him to go ahead with tax cuts (consequences be damned!). So, I urge YOU to do the opposite: