Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority
The controversy came as the mayor backed off slightly on plans to cut the city wage tax.
The head of the PICA board told the mayor’s finance director that he’d like to see the city do more belt-tightening in order to start a rainy day fund.
The five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.
PICA Board chairman Sam Katz says he wants more information from the Nutter administration about money the city would have to set aside for unresolved municipal labor contracts.
Everett Gillison disputes a recent report that the Philadelphia Fire Department is “rife with racial division.”
A top-to-bottom assessment of the Philadelphia Fire Department says the department is wracked by low morale and racial strife. And response times are lower than national standards — particularly responses to medical emergencies.
“I don’t think anybody else wanted the task of regulating the taxi industry,” says the owner of a Philadelphia cab company who thinks the Parking Authority is doing a pretty good job of it.
Mayor Michael Nutter’s long-range budget has been approved by the state agency that watches over the city’s spending. But that approval came with some misgivings.
After three-time mayoral candidate Sam Katz was sworn in, he was immediately elected chairman of the PICA Board. “It’s nice to finally win an election,” Katz said.
Attorney James Eisenhower had served the past four ars as chairman of the board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the state agency that watches over Philadelphia’s often-shaky finances.