PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Michael Nutter says he’ll work with new leadership in the Pennsylvania House to preserve the flow of cash now that State Rep. Dwight Evans of Oak Lane has lost his leadership post in the vital House Appropriations Committee (see related story).

Nutter spoke this morning on KYW Newsradio’s “Ask the Mayor” segment.

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Mayor Nutter says he had personally lobbied other lawmakers to continue Dwight Evans as the Democratic leader on the state House Appropriations Committee, to no avail.  That committee controls funding to municipalities throughout the state.

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Now, with Evans out, Nutter must work with Democratic leaders who are not Philadelphians.

“Of course it’s painful personally and it’s painful politically for the city,” he said.  “But just like in any other election, the results are in, we know who the (new) Democratic leaders are in the House, and I will have to work with them.”

As to the Philadelphia House Democrats who did not support Evans, Nutter said, “It is surprising that a Philadelphian would vote against a fellow Philadelphian.”

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Reported by KYW City Hall Bureau Chief Mike Dunn.