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Farnese calls out Council on why sales tax a hard sale
Courtesy of Philly Clout
“No one wants more than I do to help Philadelphia succeed as a world-class city – but right now, we all must tighten our belts and make sacrifices,” said Farnese.
Farnese noted that approval of the city's request will require backing of legislators from other parts of the state.
“City Council needs to take a hard look at whether continuing DROP for elected officials sends the right message in Harrisburg,” said Farnese. “In these tough economic times, eliminating DROP would demonstrate a commitment to government reform, and would go a long way toward fostering the public’s trust.”
Meanwhile there is that PICA report comparing across the board cuts under Plan A (if we can still get it) to a 10% increase in Council's budget. Courtesy of Heard in The Hall.
Most every department has made deep cuts: Commerce is down more than 35 percent, Records down 30 percent, the Mayor's Office down about 15 percent, and so on. Even most offices run by independently elected officials - such as the controller and the district attorney - are down between 8 and 10 percent.
And then there is City Council.
Despite one of the worst budget crises in recent history, despite the worst recession in decades, City Council is on track to increase spending from 2008 to 2010 by 10 percent, making it one of a handful of city spending obligations that would actually go up over that time.
And Rep. Mike O'Brien still does not seem to have a mental grasp on the legal limits of state gaming legislation (which you would think he would know by now as the state rep from Fishtown). He thinks the city can use new gaming revenue which won't come online for 2 years to close its severe budget gap now, even though a.) its not enough, b.) its too late, and c.) state gaming law prohibits the city from using it for anything other than wage tax relief till we hit that magic 2% trigger to allow wage tax boosts to eat the gaming revenue. In other words O'Brien likes yelling at Mayor Nutter for things only he as a state legislator can fix which would be a neat political trick if it didn't simultaneously make him look like a flaming idiot. Courtesy of Philly Clout again.
The city's share of state gaming revenue is currently earmarked for wage tax relief. Under state gaming law, the city could raise wage taxes if city tax collections have dropped by more than 2 percent. In May, city Finance Director Rob Dubow said that revenues had dropped by 1.94 percent, just shy of the necessary amount.
Also, the city cannot impose a new tax increase once the fiscal year has started. The current fiscal year began July 1, so a wage tax increase is off the table for now, anyway.
I'm going to go way out on a limb here and suggest that when and if firefighters and cops in his district start receiving pink slips that Rep. O'Brien might get a more reality based understanding of the difference between "I'm more pro-build the casinos dammit" posturing and bad policy decisions that effect real people's lives. Until then, keep bellowing, I guess.