Newsflash: John Street Fucking Up

15 Feb

John Street, the mayor of our fair city, doesn't want to lower business taxes to help draw in new business, ever. Tom Ferrick blasts Street in his usual somewhat fun way, showing that his current budget proposals include spending INCREASES:

"On June 30, the city will end its budget year with a surplus of $175 million-plus. The mayor proposes to spend it all. Whoopee!

No more layoffs. In fact, we're going to hire 450 employees. No more cutbacks. The budget of many city departments get a generous boost. There's a new multimillion-dollar program for pothole repair. There's a new $150 million bond issue, with half going to arts and cultural projects, half for commercial corridor projects. There's even $10 million for police overtime to do a mini-Safe Streets called – how's this for phrase-making? – Safer Streets."

So, uh, why? Perhaps because he wants Chaka Fattah's job in the US Congress, who wants Street's job in the mayor's office? Or perhaps there has been a body snatching, and the current John Street double has lost the only good quality the old Street had, fiscal discipline. Either way, the city is back to its big-spending ways when there's no reason to think that this big spending on personnel and proven failed programs(Safe Streets) will help the city prosper. Can we just put Michael Nutter in as mayor NOW, instead of letting Street damage the city for another year and a half or so?

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