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Mayor Squidward Announces Delayed Pay

By Wyatt Earp | July 18, 2009

nuttersquidward4Hey, guess what? The city of Philadelphia is dead broke! (Actually, we’re in a $2 million hole, but what’s the difference?)

So, with the state budget in shambles (thank you, Governor Rendell) Philly’s village idiot Mayor Michael Nutter is “delaying” payments to vendors and suppliers. Yeah, that should go over like a Rosie O’Donnell sex tape.

The City of Philadelphia told Harrisburg lawmakers Friday that due to the State budget impasse, the City will delay payments to all vendors and suppliers until the State Budget is passed, allowing an increase in City’s sales tax and changes to its pension payments.

Thank God, I’m not a city employee with a pension fund to worry about! Oh, wait . . .

“I have made repeated trips to Harrisburg over the last several weeks and I know that lawmakers are working hard to pass a fair and balanced budget,” said Mayor Nutter.

“That said, the delay in the State budget process is severely impacting the City’s cash flow and we have no option but to take these difficult steps.”

Here’s an idea: how about you collect the millions of dollars of unpaid taxes owed by deadbeat residents? Oh, or maybe we can collect the $1 billion – with a “b” – worth of uncollected bail from the city’s seedy citizens?

This as the City faces a growing cash crisis and has asked for critical items to balance the City budget.

This includes the authorization of the temporary sales tax increase and pension reforms, which will generate $250 million in new revenues and savings in our current FY 10 budget, and provide $700 million over the course of the Five-Year Plan. (H/TCBS3)

“Pension reforms.” Did you hear that snap? That was Mayor Nutter’s surgical glove, and he’s getting ready to give me a fiscal proctology exam. We have four detectives in the division who work for the Attorney General’s Office, and right now . . . they’re not getting paid! Strangely enough, though, they are still showing up for work. Why? Do they think Rendell will “make it up to them?” Yeah, good luck with that, guys.

Personally, if I were in that boat, I would be enjoying a hot time, summer in the city. Wyatt doesn’t work for free. Not for this department.

This, my friends, is what happens when you have 60+ years of uninterrupted rule. But by all means, Philadelphia, keep listening to your unions and your registration cards and vote Democrat in November. Let me know how that works out for ya!


Topics: Philly, Politics | 14 Comments »

14 Responses to “Mayor Squidward Announces Delayed Pay”

  1. Old NFO Says:
    July 18th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Oh boy… THAT is pathetic! Hopefully it’s a rubber glove snapping, not a condom…

  2. Easily Lost Says:
    July 18th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I heard that 69,000 state employees weren’t going to be seeing any pay for July, until they pass the budget. How do they expect people to fill their gas tanks to show up for work, if they have NO money??

  3. CaptainAmerica Says:
    July 18th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    No shit, but he still found the money to hire some “Green” job hippy.

    Mayor Nutter yesterday named a former campaign aide and current staffer, Katherine Gajewski, as the new director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

    Gajewski, who until now earned $60,000, will be paid $95,000 in her new position, in which she’ll also be a member of the mayor’s cabinet. Like other mayoral staffers, however, her salary will be cut by 5 percent because of the city’s budget crisis.

    You can’t make this shit up, man.

  4. bob (either orr) Says:
    July 18th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    And yet they continue to vote for Democrats.
    When will they EVER learn?

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 18th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Old NFO – Sadly, it may be both!

    E.L. – Like Rendell cares. He expects them to be working with smiles on their faces. I’d tell them to pound sand.

    Captain – Wow, a 5% pay cut afterward. Pity her.

    Bob – Nope. They want their HopeyChange!

  6. Dano Says:
    July 18th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    temporary sales tax increase

    Umm… right. I don’t shop in pgh due to the ’special’ sales tax… ‘ell I don’t even want to live in the same county.

  7. Raptor Says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    …and my friends and family wonder why I want to get the **** out of both city and state ASAP once I’m out of school.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Dano – When, in the history of this country, has a tax increase been “temporary?”

    Raptor – The good thing about Saint Joe’s was that if I wanted to get out of the city for a while . . . I crossed City Avenue.

  9. USA_Admiral Says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 7:05 am

    It makes you wonder how bad it will get.

  10. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Here’s a “Green Job” idea- Mobile Real Estate Tax Collector. Start in the zip code where half of the residents refuse to pay up, and start collecting the money. If the deadbeats don’t pony up, seize the property, sell it, and the proceeds will go toward their unpaid tax bill. Oh yeah, and the collectors will be on bikes, good for the environment, and the city doesn’t have to pay for the upkeep on a car, or gas.

  11. Dano Says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Wyatt : Ya, was pretty much my thought. Imagined income methods are never temporary.

    Mrs. Crankipants: You’re too nice… I’d have ‘em take the bus to the general area and walk from house to house.

  12. Lergnom Says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I think PPD will be the last to get the government shaft. Well, maybe next to last, since the bureaucrats make sure they get theirs off the top.

  13. Bitter American Says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    So,…what would happen if I refused to pay my American Express or Capital One cards because I want to save up some more money to buy a house? Must be nice to be a negligent city!

  14. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Admiral – Here? It’ll get worse. Believe it.

    Mrs. Crankipants – I like your thinking, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

    Lergnom – Probably, but there are a lot of other people who will get an unnecessary shaft.

    BA – HopeChange!