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Libraries, libraries, libraries
I am concerned and upset about the plan to close library branches. And the current "stealth" moves to reduce service at all 54 branches by implementing rolling/de facto closures.
But. This is not all I am worried about.
Other cuts got made. And it looks like more are on the way. The momentum built by Philadelphians to organize around libraries is impressive. But if the next budget leaves libraries alone, will there be any energy left or interest in fightingfor the rest?
As we move forward, it seems like there are two issues at hand:
1- What other cuts will be made and why?
2- If cuts don't make sense, how do we fight them?
Of course, we can all continue to raise hell. It's a strategy that's been tried in the past and that works to some extent. But as much as Mayor Nutter is on the wrong track regarding libraries, depending on the full extent of next year's budget deficit, something has to give. His strategy so far seems to be to cut, but as Phil Goldmsith points out there is only so much right-sizing left to be done in city government and so many services left to cut.
We'll see what the state and feds do, but the only other alternative to cuts I can think of is raising revenue.
So what are we going to do?