Thursday, July 21, 2005

Where the money goes

Dan at Young Philly Politics had a good post yesterday, unpacking some of the power lines in City Hall and how city money gets budgeted and spent in Philadelphia. Specifically, it appears that the Mayor can lowball the expected revenue figure, which limits City Council to working with that amount, and then if "extra" monies appear, he can spend them essentially as he likes. Maybe you like his choices, but the game this time around forestalled discussion of whether we could have *both* cut business taxes and still funded libraries and other important services -- let's keep the cards on the table when distributing public resources.


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