MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER bit the bullet and stepped up to the plate for Philadelphia public-school students. The Mayor was able to borrow $50 million so that the kids can start school on time.
He resolved the situation without the assistance of legislators such as APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN VINCE HUGHES, STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS or STATE REP. CHERELLE PARKER. In years past, Mayors have asked for the assistance of legislators like STATE REP. DWIGHT EVANS or STATE SEN. VINCE FUMO. But without those two players, nothing seems to have gotten done over the years.
Speaking of Vince Fumo … he was released for house arrest and now resides in his Green Street mansion. He also works during the day at his attorneys’ office.COUNCILMAN BOB HENON, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, STATE REPS. KEVIN BOYLE and MIKE McGEEHAN, and COUNCILMAN DENNY O’BRIEN and others will attempt to raise money to pay for the legal costs of fighting a methadone clinic that is attempting to open in Mayfair. The public officials have been fighting the methadone clinic known as Healing Way every step of the way. Now they must fight in court.
CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY once again has shown that he thinks outside the box. His plan to have the City attempt to get a gaming license is cutting edge. Brady also believes any such gaming revenues could be used to solve the pension problem. He is the only elected official so far to come up with an actual plan on pensions that appears to work. Public hearings on this plan and the other six casino applications will take place within the next several weeks. Let’s see what happens.
Former State Sen. and AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER is now contemplating a run for Governor. Wagner was defeated resoundingly for Mayor of Pittsburgh just a few short months ago. But perhaps he believes voters like to continue to see your name on the ballot before actually voting for that candidate. Wagner would be the only western candidate in the race. He would join a field which currently consists of CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ, JOHN HANGER, KATIE McGINTY, MAX MYERS, TOM WOLF, State Sen. Mike Stack and State TREASURER ROB McCORD. But the list could continue to grow as incumbent GOV. TOM CORBETT continues to make one error after another.