Harrisburg, August 26 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has issued this statement following the Pennsylvania Senate’s approval of House Bill 1828 by 38 votes to 9:
I am pleased that House Bill 1828 was passed by the Senate today with overwhelming bi-partisan support. I particularly want to pay tribute to the tremendous hard work and leadership of the Philadelphia delegation in the Senate, led by Senator Kitchen and including Senator Farnese, Senator Hughes, Senator Stack, Senator Tartaglione, Senator Washington and Senator Williams.
We are one step closer to financial recovery. I hope that the House returns as soon as possible to concur with the legislation passed by the Senate and to provide Philadelphia with the tools that we need to fix our own budget deficit.
The main goal of this legislation is to provide $700 million in financial recovery for Philadelphia through a temporary increase in the sales tax and changes to our pension payments. If approved by the House these dollars will maintain the financial health of the City and mean that we will avoid the devastating consequences of implementing Plan C.
We have made progress but there is still work to be done.