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“Doomsday” Approaches Soon

September 14, 2009

Don’t know if everyone in town realizes yet, but we are less than three weeks away from a potential landmark day in Philadelphia.  And that’s landmark in not a very good way.

Friday, October 2, 2009 could very well be the cessation of a lot of things in town.  That’s the day that a lot of services in the city will close or be significantly tapered if the budget situation is not resolved.  Mayor Nutter has planned to institute a “doomsday budget.”  About 3,000 city employees would be laid off.  Libraries are requiring borrowed materials to be returned by October 1, 2009.  Automated telephone calls have been made to many city residents, warning that starting next month, garbage pickup will happen only every other week.  Parks, recreation and other services will also get curtailed.  Who knows what will happen to the court system, Arbitration Center and so forth. 

A lot of folks are to blame for the mess we are in.  The state, of course, has to approve the city budget, but both the Mayor and City Council have dragged their feet in coming up with a workable budget and then submitting it to the state relatively late.  Regardless, unless the budget crisis is solved in the very near future, the city will be in big trouble.

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  1. September 16, 2009 4:59 am

    Whether its layoffs or furloughs they are both subject to challenges.

    In Maryland, a federal judge struck down a furlough plan holding that the plan violated the U.S. Constitution by unilaterally cutting wages guaranteed through collective bargaining.

    In Hawaii, the court held that a furlough violated the state constitution.

    I am sure there will be a lot of legal challenges to the proposed layoffs in Philadelphia.

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