Nutter and the Big Budget Gap

Activists ready to fight Nutter on 2011 budget.

By Daniel Denvir
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Nutter can make tough and smart moves in the short run to keep the city afloat, but if this country and state do not financially recommit to the survival of our cities, you can expect more garish bread and circus entertainment complexes abutting prisons to warehouse the growing ranks of the poor and unemployed—and many, many fewer libraries. ■

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1. Anonymous said... on Mar 3, 2010 at 10:02PM

“Personally I think the soda tax is a great idea. We should tax all the unhealthy foods, like if an item contains more than a certain percent fat or sugar or contains high fructose corn syrup then give it a 3% tax. It would raise a ton of money and would force people to eat healthier which would save the city money in the long run. Also, after a student has accumulated more than 15 absences we should fine their family $20 per absence unless they have a legitimate note from a doctor.”

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2. Tom Young said... on Mar 3, 2010 at 10:29PM

“Go ahead raise taxes, keep doing it, continue to drive out businessses and anyone that actually works for a living. I grew up on Philadelphia and almost every person I grew up with has left the city, tired of paying for the give away programs for those who refuse to work. The only problem will be who will be left to tax after anyone with any sense moves out of the city. As far as anonymous's plan its none of the government's business what anyone eats.taxes are to pay for needed services not for punishment.”

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3. CJ said... on Mar 4, 2010 at 10:30PM

“Tax revenue will ALWAYS be down when you over-project it. CUT SPENDING! CUT waste in city government. More than enough ways to reduce the deficit rather than taxing the over-taxed ppl already. Nutter, thought you were about "Change"?”

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4. CJ said... on Mar 4, 2010 at 10:33PM

“The soda tax is STUPID. Where will it stop. If ppl stop drinking soda, like the city says it want...then it gets no tax $. Pretty STUPID. Everyone knows what is good/bad for you. Its no secret anymore, its NOT the cities job to police what we eat/drink. Thats Fascism. Cut the bloated city spending, and there will be no budget problems. Else, people will continue to flee to the suburbs..bad enough theres an outrageous WAGE TAX”

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5. Rumy said... on Mar 5, 2010 at 01:02PM

“Soda loving citizens will experience the pain of cost to assist them to reconsider the privilege of soda drinking. What a great tax incentive to lose weight and get healthy. Kudos to Mayor Nutter!”

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6. Anonymous said... on Mar 8, 2010 at 01:12PM

“I find the soda tax stupid. I myself don't drink soda. The government thinks it can just start taxing anything that someone says is bad for you. They tax cigarettes. The funny thing is that they say some of the money will go for medical, it never does. Just politicians filling their pockets. We pay property taxes, city taxes, state taxes and they still want to close the libraries, pools, rec centers. Service is not that great in Philly to be asking people for more money. Why don't we tax anyone that wants to hold office in Phlly.”

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7. Blatant said... on Oct 9, 2010 at 12:57PM

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