Act of Regression

Mayor Nutter saved city services in his newest budget. Now Philly activists are crying foul over his tax plans.

By Catherine Caperello
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“We should think long and hard before we reduce the income and stability of the neighborhoods,” says Gilman, “especially when there are other ways to obtain additional revenues in the short term so that we’re not making drastic cuts to the long term without fully thinking through if those cuts reflect the values that we want our city to be based upon.”
 

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1. Ben Menk said... on Mar 24, 2009 at 06:10PM

“I dislike some of the jumps that this logic makes while trying to dispute the 1 cent sales hike: "That means a $50 pair of shoes will cost an extra 50 cents to buy. That 50 cents doesn’t seem like much – but takes a bigger portion of the income of somebody making, say, $500 a week than it does somebody making $2,000 a week. Add up all the purchases made during the course of a year, and it’s clear the person making less money will feel a bigger pinch." That's all well and good, however, if you wish to argue proportions, you should take all the extra expenses during the week. I would argue that their proportions of extra spending cash (that they would spend on shoes and the like) would be approximately the same. Therefore, the sales tax they would pay would be roughly the same as well. Everyone feels a relatively similar pinch.”

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2. anthony amato said... on Nov 28, 2010 at 10:31PM

“i voted for mike nutter but what a bad mayor”

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